Back goals at the City Ground when Forest clash with the Blades

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United Football Betting Tips; Friday night football comes from the City Ground in Nottingham this week. Both teams got their respective 2023/24 seasons off with defeats last week, and both will be looking to bounce back with a win in this fixture. 

  • Who - Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United 
  • Competition - 2023/24 Premier League 
  • Where - City Ground, Nottingham, England 
  • When - Friday, 18th August, 2023
  • Time - 8 pm BST

When Steve Cooper and Paul Heckingbottom cast their respective eyes over the 2023/24 Premier League fixtures list, both would probably have identified this as a somewhat winnable match.

And after defeats for both teams on the opening weekend of the season, a win in this fixture has all of a sudden taken on a whole new level of importance. 

Forest nearly pull off shock at the Emirates

Nottingham Forest went down 2-1 away to Arsenal last Saturday. They probably expected to lose, and they set up in a fashion that smacked more of damage limitation. 

But the tactics so nearly worked. Despite only having 21% of the possession, Forest only lost 2-1. And after throwing the kitchen sink at Arsenal in the final 10 to 15 minutes, they came very close to equalising.

Blades disappointing at home to Palace

As for Sheffield United, their 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace wasn't the start they would have been looking for.

Okay, so Palace are an established Premier League team. And Roy Hodgson would have known exactly how to set his team up to put the mockers on the top flight new boys.

But even taking that into consideration, the Blades must have been bitterly disappointed to have lost 1-0 with only 32% of the possession, with eight shots on goal, and only one on target.

To give you an indication of how bad that was, Palace enjoyed 68% possession, with 24 shots on goal, eight of which were on target.

No offence meant to either group of fans, but we're talking Crystal Palace here, not Manchester City! 

So can Sheffield United's poor performance be put down to first day nerves? Or are they simply not good enough for the Premier League? This fixture may go some way to giving us the answer. 

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United Betting Odds

  • Nottingham Forest 17/20
  • Draw 5/2
  • Sheffield 7/2

The latest football betting odds are favouring a win for the home side. Steve Cooper's team are 17/20 with the best football betting sites to get their first win of the season against the Blades. The draw is 5/2, with a win for Sheffield United at 7/2.

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United Prediction

  • Nottingham Forest Win

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United Betting Tips

We're not 100% sure we can trust Nottingham Forest to win this match, so we won't be making a win for them one of our football betting tips for this fixture. 

Instead we're looking at the total goals market. If Forest can get off to a good start there is every possibility they will blow United away. Over 2.5 goals is 6/5, and that would cover a 3-0 win for Forest. It would also cover a 2-1 win for either side if the match ends up a hard fought contest. 

If you’re looking to boost your bet, then it might be worth throwing in debutant Gustavo Hamer to score or be booked at 11/8. The former Sky Blues player had a habit of picking up cards at his former club, Coventry City, and he will also be keen to make an impression in front of his new fans. 

The two bets combined in a Bet Builder would see a return of around £35 for a £10 bet.

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United
City Ground, Nottingham, England
Starting on
August 18, 2023
Ending on
August 18, 2023

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