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Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest – latest team, injuries and predicted XI

Tonight at 19:45, we have Championship action at the City Ground between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest in the second leg of the play-off semi-final.

Both sides will be desperate for a win that will see them join Huddersfield in the play-off final, though it’s Sheffield United who will be hoping to overturn the deficit suffered in the previous game.

The first leg saw Paul Heckingbottom’s side dominate the ball, but fail to register a single big chance, whilst Cooper’s Forest notched up five big chances by hitting on the counter.

Will Sheffield United win tonight?





With the final score finishing 2-1 to the Tricky Trees, Nottingham Forest hold a one-goal advantage going into this game, with Sander Berge halving the deficit, courtesy of a late goal which has given the Blades a lifeline going into this second leg.

Will Heckingbottom make any changes to the team that he deployed in the first leg?? Here is how we at Football FanCast believe Sheffield United will line up in the season-defining game versus Forest.

Our predicted XI sees Forest deploy the exact same team that faced Forest last time out.

Having missed the last three games, Billy Sharp could have some involvement game for the Blades, with Heckingbottom saying: “We are doing all we can with him.” However, we don’t expect him to actually start the clash.

In other news, Berge – scorer of the last-minute goal last time out – had his home broken into on Friday afternoon and whilst the club have said it is “supporting Sander as much as possible”, his inclusion in the squad remains to be seen.

Aside from the aforementioned, there are fortunately no fresh injury concerns for Heckingbottom.

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The same formation should also be used, though there is an option for Heckingbottom to use Morgan Gibbs-White, who has been dubbed a “sensation” by Mike McGrath, as a second number 10.

That would then see the Blades line-up in a slightly different 3-4-2-1 formation with the same personnel. It would also mean that “starboy” Illiman Ndiaye would function as an independent forward. Either way, the 22-year-old’s inclusion is a must with four goals in his last six outings for the Yorkshire club.

Sheffield United dominated the ball and created opportunities – just not clear cut ones. They showed promise last time out, so it would be a shock if Heckingbottom differed from a back-three set-up.

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