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Paul Robinson picks out winner as Sheffield United prepare for Nottingham Forest clash

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Sheffield United host Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the semi-final of the Championship play-offs tomorrow afternoon. 

The Blades will then visit The City Ground on Tuesday evening, with the winner across the two legs setting up a Wembley trip, where either Luton Town or Huddersfield Town will be waiting. 

The Reds have enjoyed an excellent campaign under Steve Cooper’s stewardship, taking charge when the Reds were sitting at the bottom of the Championship pile. 

Sheffield United, who were also underperforming before Paul Heckingbottom managed to turn things around, enter the play-offs after an excellent 4-0 victory over title winners Fulham. 

Issuing his verdict on who will be victorious across the two legs, former England international Paul Robinson said to Betfred: “I don’t think Sheffield United will have any thoughts about that. 

“Sheffield United have suffered a lot of injuries and suspensions this season but they come into this game unbeaten in their last four games, winning three and drawing one because they had to. 

“They’ve secured a huge win against Fulham, granted we already knew that Fulham were champions by that point, but they’ve got the momentum going into this game because they had to win to get themselves into the play-offs. 

“Forest have eased off a bit and they’ve drawn one and lost one in their previous two coming into this game. If you’re looking at momentum then Sheffield United have got that. 

“Both sides are carrying four players out who would have usually played in this fixture. Sheffield United are defensively strong and Nottingham Forest may have a hard time breaking them down.

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“Forest have spent a lot of this season in the relegation zone. Steve Cooper has not only transformed their fortunes, but he’s transformed their style of play and there’s a lot of people who enjoy watching Nottingham Forest. 

“You can tell that by the buzz around The City Ground and how it’s full again. He’s transformed a club that could have fallen out of the Championship. 

“You look at my old club Leeds United, and clubs that have fallen into League One, it’s a long road back. He’s taken this football club from the brink of League One to the Championship play-offs.”

The verdict 

The play-offs are often described as a lottery, with this season’s Championship competition further proving that notion, as it is extremely difficult to understand how it all might play out. 

Forest have shown automatic promotion form since Cooper took charge, whilst the Blades have been devastating over the last couple of weeks. 

The Reds seemingly hold the advantage, given that they play the second game in front of a home crowd at The City Ground, however, it does not always pan out as an advantage. 

Cooper has proven to be an extraordinary Championship manager and it would be no surprise to see his team victorious across the two legs.


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