Our prediction for this Championship match:
All eyes will be on Bramall Lane when Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest face each other in the Championship playoffs semis, first leg. The Blades booked their playoffs in great manner, with the team rolling over league leaders Fulham 4-0, and it is no wonder the odds for home win have been dropping. Keep in mind, though, that all Billy Sharp, Oliver McBurnie, Charlie Goode, Jayden Bogle, David McGoldrick, Rhian Brewster, and Jack O’Connell have been struggling with injuries of late.
The Reds, on the other hand, finished the regular season in 4th place in the standings. Forest have been producing fine displays on the road this season, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on draw. The likes of Steve Cook, Lewis Grabban, Keinan Davis, and Max Lowe should miss out through injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Conor Hourihane):
Conor Hourihane is an Irish footballer who plays for Barnsley. The midfielder was born on 2 February, 1991 and he started his youth career at Premier League club Sunderland. In 2011 he joined Plymouth Argyle and he spent three years at Home Park.
After scoring 15 goals in 125 appearances for the Pilgrims in 2014 Hourihane decided to take next big step in his career. On 23 June he signed a three-year deal with Barnsley for a fee of £250,000. In August he won the League One Player of the Month award and, no doubt, he made a flying start to his Barnsley career. Hourihane made 46 appearances for the Tykes in the 2014/2015 League One campaign, scoring 15 goals and he certainly helped the team return to the Championship.
The Irish midfielder has eight caps for the U-21 team. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as defensive and left midfielder as well. Conor Hourihane is a right-footed footballer.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.