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Match preview: Sheffield United vs Forest

18 April 2019

Nottingham Forest face a trip to promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Good Friday to kick-off the Easter weekend of Sky Bet Championship football (kick-off 12.30pm).

The Blades have been in and out of the top two all season as they battle with Leeds for the automatic promotion spot and will provide The Reds with a tough test. 

Forest head to Bramall Lane looking to complete a league double over Chris Wilder's side following the 1-0 win at The City Ground earlier in the season.

Team news

Joao Carvalho will be missing for Forest having suffered a concussion against Blackburn on the weekend and will be absent because of concussion regulations. He is set to return on Easter Monday, however. 

Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo have stepped up their recovery, with the latter more likely to make a return before the end of the season. Hillal Soudani has also started training on the grass again but will not be available before pre-season.

Tendayi Darikwa returns following his hamstring injury and will compete with Sam Byram and Saidy Janko for the right-back slot. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Sheffield United are set to be without three key players for Friday's game, with former Red Billy Sharp and Chris Basham sidelined through injury and John Egan suspended.

Manager Chris Wilder said: "Billy is out for the weekend and so is Bash, so that's disappointing for myself and the football club.

"I've been consistent with my approach throughout the season, people have injuries and suspensions and we have to get over it, we've got good enough to come in and replace them.

"We will continue to monitor and assess, short-term they are out, but we will see how they go from Monday onwards, with a view to Ipswich."

Wilder added: "The players were as disappointed as any supporter last Saturday [1-1 draw against Millwall], they care as much as anyone, including me.

"There is a lot of the line for them, individually and collectively, those boys care and they want to win.

"We've not been given anything, we've had to earn everything to get to this position and everything we've achieved has been earnt by having a go and coming roaring back to disappointments."

One to watch - Oliver Norwood

A consistent figure in The Blades' midfield this season, Oliver Norwood is set to be at the heart of things once again this weekend. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 45
Sheffield United wins - 43
Draws - 31

Last time out - Forest 1-0 Sheffield United (Saturday 3rd November, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets for Nottingham Forest supporters have sold out, with no further tickets being made available. 

Click here for a visitors' guide to Bramall Lane, provided by Sheffield United.

Coverage

As the game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, international subscribers of iFollow Forest will not be able to watch the game live. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available, however.

There will also be full coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Friday unless otherwise stated:

Bristol City vs Reading (12pm)
Millwall vs Brentford (1pm)
Birmingham vs Derby
Bolton vs Aston Villa
Leeds vs Wigan
Middlesbrough vs Stoke
Preston vs Ipswich
QPR vs Blackburn
Swansea vs Rotherham
West Brom vs Hull
Norwich vs Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)


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