Tip Sheffield United - Nottingham Forest
Prediction published on May 11, 2022 at 11:39 AM - Modified on May 11, 2022 at 11:40 AM
Sheffield United are eyeing a straight return to the Premier League and they will have to do it through the promotion playoffs. On Saturday, they will host Nottingham Forest, seeking a first leg advantage in the semi finals. Sheffield United were slow starters to the season as they struggled to adapt to life in the second tier, going winless in their opening five matches before getting their footing. As they prepare for the playoffs, they won three straight matches towards the end of the regular season and will come into this high in confidence. Unbeaten in the last four matches, Sheffield capped a fine finish to the season with a 4-0 win over the champions Fulham, who had nothing else to play for in that game. Sheffield have scored in each of their last five matches, but they have just one clean sheet in that run. In only the last two matches have they managed two or more goals out of their last eight games. Only three of their last 10 games have produced over 2.5 goals.
The two meetings between these sides in the regular season ended in 1-1 draws and Nottingham have no win over Sheffield United in the last three matches. This is one stat they will be hoping to change coming into this game. Nottingham had a fine run towards the end of the regular season but they didn’t finish very strongly. In the final two matches they failed to live up to their earlier billing, losing to Bournemouth and finishing with a draw at Hull City. Nottingham failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches, and they managed more than a goal in just one of their last five matches. They however had a good scoring run in the regular season, netting 73 goals to finish as the third highest scorers. Seven of their last 10 matches have produced under 2.5 goals and in their last five meetings, each has produced under 2.5 goals. Away from home, Nottingham have managed just four wins in 10 matches. Eight of their last 10 away matches have produced under 2.5 goals and in the last five, they haven't scored more than a goal.
Key points Sheffield United - Nottingham Forest
Three of Sheffield’s last 10 matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Seven of Nottingham’s last 10 matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
Each of the last five meetings between these two sides have produced under 2.5 goals.
Nottingham have scored more than a goal in just one of their last five matches.
Conclusion Sheffield United - Nottingham Forest
Nottingham haven’t had a very strong away run but the outstanding stat between these two sides is that most of their matches have been low-scoring. Their recent meetings have also produced less goals and here we are backing the game to produce under 2.5 goals.
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