Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United fans look forward to Championship meeting at The City Ground

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Competition: England Championship
Competition: Tue 17.May
Match begins: 18:45 (UTC)
Venue: The City Ground (30603 seats)

The Nottingham Forest & Sheffield United managers Cooper and Heckingbottom are both worrying about and feeling excited about this crucial fixture in the upper part of the Championship positions.

Insights:
  • Nottingham Forest have the fewest matches under the total-line (12) in Championship
  • Sheffield United have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.

Sheffield are still fighting for top positions and their benefits.

It’s busy days for these teams as both were in action only a few days ago. There’s no rest for the wicked, or in this case; no rest for Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.

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Nottingham Forest form and stats

Nottingham Forest have collected 43 points from their Championship home games so far after 13-4-6. The Nottingham Forest fans aren't used to losing league-games here at The City Ground and will expect new points from this game. Nottingham has played ten games in a row here without a defeat.

A good away victory last time out for Nottingham Forest, who won 2-1 against Sheffield United. The striker Surridge was declared "man of the match" for Nottingham Forest with the rating of 8.04/10. Surridge hit two key passes and dribled past the opponent 1 of 1 times.

A 1-1 draw away before that, with Hull City the opponent.

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Nottingham have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found 17 matches with the results: Won 7, drawn 5 and lost 5.

Nottingham Forest have proved capable of finding the net in their games here at The City Ground with 43 goals in 23 league matches. Nottingham Forest are not conceding a lot of goals here at The City Ground in the league, averaging less than one per game. The total is 22 from 23 matches. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 1 of these goals has been conceded in their last three home matches.

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Sheffield United form and stats

Playing away, Sheffield United have won 8 games, drawn 7 and suffered 8 defeats in the Championship this season.

This fixture can not go any worse than the previous one, the home loss versus Nottingham Forest with 1-2 on the scoreboard. Sheffield keeper Foderingham was happy for a fine shift versus Nottingham Forest, but even with pulling off six saves the loss could not be helped. Midfielder Stevens was the best performer of that match, with a rating of 7.45. Stevens dribled past the opponent 1 of 2 times.

A home win before that, celebrating 4-0 vs Fulham.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Sheffield United playing away and similar expectations, we found 5 relevant matches. Results were 0 Sheffield United wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats.

Sheffield find the net regularly in their away games. 25 goals from 23 away fixtures in the league. As opposed to that, Sheffield United have seen the ball go into their own net 30 times on the road. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 3 of these goals has been conceded in their last three away matches.

Head 2 Head

The newest registered match featuring both these squads is the Sheffield United - Nottingham Forest 1-2 played earlier this season. Last ten meetings with these sides: Nottingham won three, Sheffield United were winners in three and we saw four draws. four games with over 2,5 goals, six matches with less than 2,5 goals.

Top Goalscorers

Nottingham ForestB. Johnson
B. Johnson
17 goals
Sheffield UnitedB. Sharp
B. Sharp
14 goals
Nottingham ForestL. Grabban
L. Grabban
12 goals

Nottingham Forest missing players

Sheffield United missing players

Nottingham Forest Sheffield United
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
47 23 6 Played P 6 23 47
24 13 0 Won W 1 8 21
11 4 1 Drew D 2 7 12
12 6 5 Lost L 3 8 14
75 43 2 Scored S 3 25 64
41 22 11 Conceded C 7 30 47
94% 96% 83% Over 0.5 O 0.5 67% 83% 85%
79% 91% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 50% 65% 64%
47% 61% 50% Over 2.5 O 2.5 33% 43% 43%
19% 26% 17% Over 3.5 O 3.5 17% 35% 28%
6% 4% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 13% 11%
49% 48% 33% BTTS BTTS 33% 48% 43%
36% 39% 17% Clean Sheets C S 50% 30% 43%
21% 17% 67% Failed to Score F T 50% 39% 30%
 
5.5 6.1 5.5 Corners for (avg) C F 5.3 5.6 5.9
4.4 3.3 3.8 Corners against (avg) C A 5 3.8 3.9
1.9 2 2.7 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.5 2 2
3 3 2 Red cards R C 0 0 2
 
12.4 13.4 12.8 Shots (avg) S ( 9.2 11.7 13
4.3 4.4 3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2.7 3.9 4.1
37% 43% 11% Goal Efficiency G E 19% 28% 33%
 
10.6 8.9 10 Shots against (avg) S A 10.8 9.7 9.4
3.5 2.9 4.3 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 3.8 3.6 3.4
Key stats in Championship this season:
  • Nottingham Forest have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Nottingham Forest have the fewest matches under the total-line (12) in Championship
  • Sheffield United have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Fulham 46 27 9 10 106 43 23 14 4 5 56 20 23 13 5 5 50 23 63 90
2 AFC Bournemouth 46 25 13 8 74 39 23 13 7 3 41 21 23 12 6 5 33 18 35 88
3 Huddersfield Town 46 23 13 10 64 47 23 13 6 4 35 23 23 10 7 6 29 24 17 82
4 Nottingham Forest 46 23 11 12 73 40 23 13 4 6 43 22 23 10 7 6 30 18 33 80
5 Sheffield United 46 21 12 13 63 45 23 13 5 5 38 15 23 8 7 8 25 30 18 75
6 Luton Town 46 21 12 13 63 55 23 12 7 4 37 22 23 9 5 9 26 33 8 75
7 Middlesbrough 46 20 10 16 59 50 23 14 2 7 34 21 23 6 8 9 25 29 9 70
8 Blackburn Rovers 46 19 12 15 59 50 23 12 5 6 36 26 23 7 7 9 23 24 9 69
9 Millwall 46 18 15 13 53 45 23 13 6 4 32 16 23 5 9 9 21 29 8 69
10 West Bromwich Albion 46 18 13 15 52 45 23 12 8 3 33 16 23 6 5 12 19 29 7 67
11 Queens Park Rangers 46 19 9 18 60 59 23 10 6 7 30 25 23 9 3 11 30 34 1 66
12 Coventry City 46 17 13 16 60 59 23 10 5 8 32 26 23 7 8 8 28 33 1 64
13 Preston North End 46 16 16 14 52 56 23 9 10 4 33 28 23 7 6 10 19 28 -4 64
14 Stoke City 46 17 11 18 57 52 23 10 5 8 30 23 23 7 6 10 27 29 5 62
15 Swansea City 46 16 13 17 58 68 23 9 8 6 30 27 23 7 5 11 28 41 -10 61
16 Blackpool 46 16 12 18 54 58 23 11 3 9 29 26 23 5 9 9 25 32 -4 60
17 Bristol City 46 15 10 21 62 77 23 8 8 7 33 29 23 7 2 14 29 48 -15 55
18 Cardiff City 46 15 8 23 50 68 23 7 4 12 22 29 23 8 4 11 28 39 -18 53
19 Hull City 46 14 9 23 41 54 23 7 4 12 22 28 23 7 5 11 19 26 -13 51
20 Birmingham City 46 11 14 21 50 75 23 7 6 10 27 33 23 4 8 11 23 42 -25 47
21 Reading 46 13 8 25 54 87 23 7 5 11 33 44 23 6 3 14 21 43 -33 41
22 Peterborough United 46 9 10 27 43 87 23 6 7 10 27 33 23 3 3 17 16 54 -44 37
23 Derby County 46 14 13 19 45 53 23 11 7 5 30 22 23 3 6 14 15 31 -8 34
24 Barnsley 46 6 12 28 33 73 23 5 7 11 18 29 23 1 5 17 15 44 -40 30

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The English Football League Championship (usually shortened to the Championship) is the second highest division in the English football league system. 24 teams play 46 fixtures from August to May, meeting each other twice. The Championship is the wealthiest second-level division in the world.