Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest preview: How to watch, and kick-off time in Play-off 2022
James Garner of Nottingham Forest shields the ball from Enda Stevens of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United at the City Ground, Nottingham on Tuesday 2nd November 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Sheffield United will welcome fellow play-off chasers Nottingham Forest to Bramall Lane on Friday night.

Despite losing 1-0 to Millwall last weekend after a nine-game unbeaten Championship run, the Blades will be looking to get back on track by dampening Nottingham Forest's shared hopes of reaching the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest, however, come into this game off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Bristol City and have an unbeaten run of their own that extends to four games so far.

Sheffield United sit one point away from the play-offs with Forest only sitting three away, meaning the Blades could finish the evening inside the play-offs with a win. Nonetheless, Forest could leapfrog United into the play-offs with a win themselves.

Team news

Sheffield United will be contending with an injury list that appears to continue growing. Chris Basham has recently picked up a knee ligament injury and joins the likes of Rhian Brewster, Jayden Bogle, Ben Osborn, Jack O’Connell, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick on the side lines.

Charlie Goode remains suspended for this fixture after a straight red card against Blackburn Rovers

Nottingham Forest will be without Max Lowe who is ineligible to play against his parent club. Jack Colback has filled in at left-back for Forest when Lowe has been unable to play, but new signing Richie Laryea will be hoping to make his first appearance for the Reds.  

Lewis Grabban remains the only injury concern for Nottingham Forest, with Reds boss Steve Cooper claiming the striker may be back after the international break. 

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba will serve his third and final match ban with Ethan Horvath expected to don the gloves again.

Predicted lineups

Sheffield United: Foderingham, Gordon, Egan, Robinson; Norrington-Davies, Hourihane, Norwood, Baldock; Ndiaye, McBurnie, Sharp

Nottingham Forest: Horvath, Worrall, Cook, McKenna; Spence, Garner, Yates, Colback; Zinckernagel, Johnson, Davis

Ones to watch

Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp became the all-time record goalscorer in the EFL Championship this year and will be looking to add to his tally against his former club. 

Brennan Johnson

Brennan Johnson currently has more goal involvements (16) than any other under-21 player in England, continuing to prove exactly why the Reds couldn’t afford to let him head to the Premier League during the January transfer window. 

Previous meetings

The last time the two sides faced off was early November at the City Ground, where substitute Lewis Grabban cancelled out Morgan Gibbs-White’s goal to end the game 1-1 and see Forest rise to 16th as the Blades climbed to 15th - a result with much less significance than this weekend.

How to watch

The match is on Friday, March 4, and will kick off at 19:45 GMT. Coverage of the game will be available from 19:00 GMT on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.