Nottingham Forest host Sheffield United at the City Ground in round 16 of the EFL Championship. Both teams had a poor start to the season, but their recent form has helped them to catch the teams above them.

Nottingham Forest sits in 18th position with 18 points. They had a poor start to the season and had one point in seven games. A managerial change has brought back life in the Forest camp, and they have taken 17 points in the last eight games. The Reds have scored 19 goals and conceded 21 goals this season.

EFL Championship Stats: Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest have created an xG rate of 16.73 and an average of 1.03 xG per 90 this season. Forest players have attempted 157 shots, with 58 being on target. They have attempted a huge number of shots from outside the opposition’s penalty box. Out of 157 shots taken, 90 have been attempted from outside the opposition’s box. The above viz shows the shot map of Nottingham Forest against QPR in the previous round. Forest players attempted 12 shots, and only one shot was attempted from inside the opposition box, with the rest of the shots being long-range efforts.

EFL Championship Stats: Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

The reason behind a lot of shots from outside the box is the passes into the opposition penalty area. Nottingham Forest players have attempted the fewest number of passes into the opposition penalty area in the league. The team averages more than 11 passes per 90, and the success rate is around five passes per 90. This has also led to very few touches in the opposition box. Forest players average 11.63 touches per 90 in the opposition box.

Lewis Grabban has been the top scorer for Forest with five goals in 14 appearances. Youngster Brennan Johnson has scored three goals and provided three assists. Philip Zinckernagel has provided four assists and scored two goals so far. There are no fresh injury concerns for the Forest manager.

Sheffield United are level on points with their opponents and sit in 17th position in the league. The Blades enter this match after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home against Blackpool.

EFL Championship Stats: Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

The Blades have scored 20 goals and conceded 22 goals, averaging more than one goal per game, and have a very high xG rate in the league. Sheffield United are ranked fifth in the league for the expected goal rate created by them. The team averages 1.44 xG per 90. This is due to a high number of positional attacks. The Blades are ranked second in the positional attacks standings as they have created 482 positional attacks and the average attacks per 90 are 29.75.

EFL Championship Stats: Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

Sheffield United players have taken the second-highest number of touches in the opposition penalty area. They average more than 21 touches per 90 and are only behind Fulham in the standings. The Blades are the highest crossers of the ball in the league and average 19.57 crosses per 90.

Billy Sharp has been their top goalscorer with four goals and four assists. Ben Osborn has shown some form in the recent matches and has three goals and two assists to his name. Lys Mousset got injured in the previous match and is expected to miss this match.

Both teams will be eying for three points in this fixture. Sheffield United have been one of the top performers but have lacked consistency. Nottingham Forest have struggled in most of the departments, but have shown good recent form. A win for either team will help them to catch the teams up-front.