Sheffield United vs. Forest preview..

Tuesday sees the Reds put their unbeaten run of eleven games (or indeed, nine months away from the City Ground) on the line against the Blades, which for quite a few Forest fans is a bit of a grudge match.

Our hosts are on a run of three consecutive wins having had a tough few results, although if reports are to be believed they have hardly been convincing encounters, and the few United fans I know certainly are regarding our own performances on The Football League show with a certain degree of concern at the prospect of playing us.

That’s nice, isn’t it?  Still feels like a slightly odd concept to me, to be witnessing such a dramatic turnaround and having opponents fear us a bit – particularly those like the Blades who are seasoned campaigners in the Championship – and would usually expect to be perhaps a tad higher in the league than they are at present.

The Reds came through their training session against Leicester (fnar) with no real injury concerns, aside from the worry about Tyson hobbling around.  However, I can imagine perhaps a more cautious approach from Billy – although if he opts for five across the middle, can he really drop Earnie after five goals in three games?  I don’t think he could play Earnie alone upfront.

So maybe we will go with a four-four-two.  I don’t feel qualified to decide what’s best – I shall leave that headache for Billy to work out!  Sheffield United were without top scorer Henderson at the weekend, but he might be fit to play – Fortune and Camara are out, but Naysmith could feature as he returned to the bench against Plymouth on saturday.

From what I can gather the Blades have a similar style of play to our most recent opponents, a – um, robust and direct style would be the politically correct way of putting it, I think.  If the Reds can nullify this as well as they did against the Foxes then it will bode well for us – with goal threats coming from strikers and midfield alike of late, we should be able to give the Blades defence plenty to worry about.

Predictions?  Tough call – we’ve scored in the last eleven games, and of course have put in nine in our last two.  Much like I predicted for the Leicester game I would predict a low scoring game – but well, it just goes to show what I knew there.  Certainly given a favourable wind the mighty Reds are capable of winning, I will certainly be disappointed to see our unbeaten away run end here.

Cor, that sounded like optimism to me!

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11 Responses

  1. Richard Cresswell ranks alongside Darren Moore as one of the two most unnecessarily dirty players I’ve seen play. One of the few people around that I would wish harm upon – he is guaranteed to score!!

    Bearing that in mind, even with Montgomery back in the side they aren’t as good as Leicester, 4-1 to the scabs!!!!

  2. You go steady on that optimism NFFC!!

    The Blades will be a sterner test than the Bin Dippers were. A draw would be a good result at Brammall Lane

  3. Optimism is creeping in and it must be stamped out!

    Wont claim to be a genius but BD picked what i consider to be our strongest 11 on saturday, trouble is, what does he do for this game?

    I would like an unchanged side but with perhaps a bit more muscle on the bench, Garner, Perch and Moussi if he is fit but Billy likes to tinker, changing his tactics each week and i’m fairly sure he’ll make changes, he’d want one up front but i think Earnie has made him think again in that respect.

    Either way, i’m looking forward to it, first time i’ll have been back there since the play offs so hope to bury a ghost, 2 nil the Forest!

  4. Optimism is creeping in and it must be stamped out!

    Wont claim to be a genius but BD picked what i consider to be out strongest 11 on saturday, trouble is, what does he do for this game?

    I would like an unchanged side but with perhaps a bit more muscle on the bench, Garner, Perch and Moussi if he is fit but Billy likes to tinker, changing his tactics each week and i’m fairly sure he’ll make changes, he’d want one up front but i think Earnie has made him think again in that respect.

    Either way, i’m looking forward to it, first time i’ll have been back there since the play offs so hope to bury a ghost, 2 nil the Forest!

  5. dr horse

    Who are the scabs? I assume it will be 2 secs into the game before the first of such chants? God I’d love it, just love, if we could beat the bastards I HATE the blunts, HATE ‘EM……on the other hand a have always liked the Wendies…..;)

    Head says 1-1. Heart says 4-0 to Billys boys!

    • I can’t stand them either mate. A win at Bramall Lane is bigger for me than a win in Derby or Leicester.

  6. Reg – careful who you call ‘blunty’. As for the game, after 2 cracking results we need to maintain our momentum but not get carried away. A draw would be an excellent result for but we mustn’t set up for that as our threat really derives from our attacking intent. I’m not suggesting a gung-ho attack but I would like to see a 4-4-2 formation with some steel in midfield to ensure Gunter & Shorey don’t get exposed. I’d settle for 1-1 with a lot less drama than last year. Time for Kelv to really exorcise the demons of that game!

  7. 3-1. U REDS!

  8. Chambers in at right back with Gunter moving to right mid, Ando on the left, McKenna and Cohen in the middle. Dex and Earnie up front again.

    COME ON RED UNS!!

  9. you reds! sky sports news made it sound like it was backs to the wall for most of 2nd half!

    we are 4th now as cardiff beat west brom, but that does mean the gap to second is smaller…..

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