Here we are then. It’s playoff semi-final time at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United host Nottingham Forest in a huge fixture.
The Blades are looking to continue their fine late season form into the playoffs and see off a Forest side who they’ve drawn twice with this season under different managers. United have scored seven in their last two games, while Forest come into the game on the back of a defeat and a draw in their final two games.
So, who will get the nod for Sheffield United, and could we see a certain Billy Sharp return to the fold? Well, we’ve got the team news right here.
Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest Team News
The Blades have a clean bill of health, barring the longer term injuries who we already know have no chance of returning before the season ends. Paul Heckingbottom has little in the way of big decisions to make regarding the starting XI.
One decision he could have to make is whether to start Ben Osborn or George Baldock. Osborn has filled in nicely at right wing-back but Baldock is back fit, and his speed, defensive abilities, and speed could put him ahead of the ex-Forest man today.
In attack, there are murmurings that Billy Sharp might be involved in some way. Heckingbottom has kept his cards close to his chest with Sharp. If the skipper is fit enough to play any sort of part, then you can rest assured he’ll be on the bench.
For Forest, Keinan Davis is set to miss out. However, they could have Jack Colback and Ryan Yates back, and Steve Cooper’s side will be fresh, after making so many changes on the final day at Hull.
Predicted Blades XI
We don’t think there’ll be much in the way of tinkering from Heckingbottom. However, we do think if Baldock is fit, then he could play. Forest are a huge threat in wide areas and Baldock’s experience and defensive knowhow could help.
Of course, Osborn would be unlucky to lose his shirt, so it would be no surprise to see him start once again.