I don’t care how upbeat or optimistic a manager is, or how much he tries to play down stats and trends, the fact Sheffield United struggle in play-offs is just fact, and once again they look likely to miss out on promotion as Forest take a 2-1 lead into the second leg and, with home advantage, they’ll be confident of finishing the job.
They have won their last seven games on home soil, are now unbeaten in their last 10. They have scored in each of their last 10 home games and have only failed to find the net in four games at home, all season. The Blades are going to have to net three times at least, to get through this tie.
Even three might not be enough as Forest have scored at least two goals at home, in each of their last 10 home games.
Sheffield United needed an injury time goal at home to make the second leg even remotely competitive and the Forest manager, Steve Cooper, was pretty annoyed that his team conceded, and that they hadn’t scored more goals last time out so that definitely doesn’t make for good reading, if you are a Blades fan!
Cooper arrived at Forest in September and since arriving, they have lost only two games at home and both those defeats were to sides already promoted, or also in the play-offs.
Don’t forget, they also knocked two Premier Leagues sides out of the FA Cup at home, Arsenal, and Leicester.
Away from home Sheffield United have really struggled recently. Just one win in their last seven away games in the league and they’ll arrive at the City Ground short of strikers and I can only see this game going one way.
I’d fully expect Forest to win cosily, two or three goals to nil.