Nottingham Forest will travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United looking to arrest a woeful run of form.

Martin O’Neill’s team have seen their play-off hopes go hope in smoke over the last week with three defeats in succession.

The odds will be stacked against the Reds at Bramall Lane with the Blades badly needing a win to keep the pressure on Leeds in the race for automatic promotion.

Ahead of the short trip up the M1, we looked at which players will get the nod to start in O’Neill’s team.

Goalkeeper and back four

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Costel Pantilimon will probably get the nod although Luke Steele was handed the chance to make his first league start at Sheffield Wednesday recently.

At the back, it really is a guess as to who will play. O’Neill has played various different grouping in recent games.

Sam Byram hasn’t done a lot wrong since his return and should play. Yohan Benalouane will probably come back in after sitting out the Blackburn game.

Jack Robinson wasn’t overly comfortable at central defence in that game and will revert to left-back.


With Alex Milosevic strangely out of favour, Molla Wague will continue at the heart of the back four.

Middle of the park

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Ryan Yates and Pele wasn’t an overly successful combination against Blackburn. Ben Watson sat out that one completely but could return on Friday.

Claudio Yacob will be chomping at the bit to play too. Jack Colback, a bizarre choice for left-back last week should return to the centre.

Against an energetic Sheffield United team, O’Neill will probably revert to a three. Watson, alongside Colback and probably Yates.

In attack

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Joe Lolley has played as a number ten and on the wing recently but will probably be on the flank at Bramall Lane.

Ben Osborn hasn’t played the last two games so will be fresh. He could come in for Matty Cash on the right. Arvin Appiah remains in contention after impressing on his home debut last week.

Up front, Daryl Murphy’s physicality could be a useful asset against a dogged Blades back line. Lewis Grabban was wasteful against Blackburn and will hope for a chance to right the wrongs from last week.


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