They sit in 18th and 17th place respectively, a consequence of winning just five of their opening 15 matches in the second tier.
Heading into the final minute of their game with Queens Park Rangers on Friday night, Forest's rapid improvement under Steve Cooper was at risk of going to waste.
However, Jack Colback's last-gasp strike earned Forest a valuable point, making it 14 points from seven matches under their new head coach.
Despite failing to defeat either Fulham or the Hoops, it is important to remember how far Forest have come in the space of six weeks, the club moving from bottom spot to nine points above the relegation zone.
Nevertheless, a couple of victories before the international break would put Forest in the mix for promotion, a scenario deemed impossible not so long ago.
Forest's last three goals have all been scored in added-on time, a trend which will need to change if they are to maintain their push up the table.
There was a time after the September international break when Sheffield United looked to be on an upward trajectory under Slavisa Jokanovic.
However, a five-match unbeaten streak has been followed by four defeats in six outings, keeping the Blades at the wrong end of the standings.
The signs are there that Jokanovic will be given time to get things right at Bramall Lane, but he cannot afford to come through the next two fixtures without posting a win.
On the back of successive home defeats to Millwall and Blackpool, the Serbian may welcome consecutive away fixtures versus Forest and Blackburn Rovers.
That said, Sheffield United have scored just seven times from as many games on the road this season, three of which came at Barnsley on October 24.
The remainder of the team could stay the same with James Garner missing out on a return in midfield.
Lys Mousset is expected to miss out with the injury that he sustained against Blackpool.
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Worrall, Figueiredo, McKenna; Spence, Yates, Colback, Lowe; Mighten, Zinckernagel; Taylor
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Olsen; Baldock, Egan, Davies, Stevens; Norwood, Fleck; Gibbs-White, Ndiaye, McGoldrick; Sharp
We say: Nottingham Forest 2-1 Sheffield United
Both clubs need a win on Tuesday night, leading us to predict an entertaining tussle in the East Midlands. No result would particularly surprise us, but we are backing Forest to edge this contest by the odd goal in three.
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