Sheffield United face Nottingham Forest in the playoff semi-finals on Saturday as they aim for an immediate return to the Premier League.
The Blades ended up finishing fifth in the Championship, but it’s fair to say that it was a bumpy ride for the Yorkshire outfit.
Indeed, the Steel City side looked lost at the beginning of the season under Slavisa Jokanovic, but Paul Heckingbottom has done a fantastic job of steadying the ship and taking the Blades up the table.
Their reward for their turnaround is a place in the playoffs, but unfortunately for the Blades, they’re coming up against a fantastic Nottingham Forest side here.
No team has picked up more points in the Championship than Forest since the arrival of Steve Cooper, and for many, they’re favourites for promotion from this point.
However, after dispatching Fulham 4-0 on the final day, United will feel buoyant heading into this one, and with that in mind, we’ve had a go at predicting their starting XI for this one.
It’s not the most interesting or most controversial XI you’re likely to ever see, but we think the Blades will go unchanged for this match.
Sheffield United dismantled Fulham on the final day, and it’s fair to say that confidence will be high within this side after such a fantastic result against the Whites.
Injuries also play their part here, George Baldock may be back in training, but it would be a risk to throw him in from the start, while United’s striker crisis hasn’t subsided at all, so Iliman Ndiaye and Morgan Gibbs-White lead the line, with both playing slightly out of position.