Nottingham Forest welcome Sheffield United to the City Ground on Friday evening (19.45) as both sides aim to bounce back from defeat on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Using Betfred’s #PickYourPunt feature, we’ve picked out a 11/2 treble for the occasion.
Nottingham Forest to win
Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United both suffered opening-day defeats last weekend, but Forest’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal was far less concerning than Sheffield United’s home defeat against Crystal Palace.
Forest’s home form was crucial in keeping them up last season, and you’d expect a similar story this term. They simply have to get up and running on Friday night, especially considering they face Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City in their opening six games.
Steve Cooper’s men won their final three home games last season and that included victories over Arsenal and Brighton, while the Blades could only muster one shot on goal in their defeat to Palace.
Forest should have too much quality for their newly-promoted opponents in this game.
Taiwo Awoniyi to score anytime
Taiwo Awoniyi looks a good contender for an anytime goal after his effort against Arsenal, having come off the bench in the second half.
The Nigerian was central to Forest’s survival last season and he ended last campaign with six goals in four games, meaning has now scored in each of his last five Premier League appearances.
Seven of Awoniyi’s 10 league goals last season came against sides that finished in the bottom half ,and he can make the difference again here against a side likely to be involved in a relegation battle.
Over 59.5 booking points
There was a flurry of cards issued during the opening weekend of the season thanks to new referee directives calling for more bookings for time-wasting and dissent.
A total of 43 cards were issued across the 10 matches, with Forest and Sheffield United receiving two and three cards respectively.
Forest picked up more yellow cards than any other team last season, receiving 84 bookings in 38 games, while the Blades were the third-worst disciplined side in the Championship last year, picking up 98 yellow cards and three red cards in 46 games.
In addition, the last time these two sides met was the Championship playoff final in May 2022, so there could be some bad blood between the sides.