Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, EnglandWhen: Saturday, September 23, 4 pm CET
The Citizens don’t mind having plenty of injured players, yet keep on smashing and bashing every rival that stands in the way. On the other side is Nottingham, who played several solid games against top Premier League teams but stayed empty-handed in most cases. Forest’s inconsistency didn’t prevent them from being in the upper part of the standings, which just a few expected before the start of the season.
Manchester City vs. Nottingham Forest Preview
The champions are flawless, having five wins in the opening five rounds, with a goal difference of 14 scored and only three allowed goals. That makes them the strongest defense in the Premiership right now.
Erling Haaland is doing his thing, already having seven goals on his account. Some advanced stats are trying to diminish his productivity, suggesting that he missed plenty of big chances, but nobody speaks about how he easily creates dangerous positions for himself.
Grealish, Kovacic, and Stones had some injuries, which will force Guardiola to change something if any of these guys aren’t ready to play. De Bruyne is out for sure.
The two-time champions of Europe might be a bigger club than City in terms of trophies, but the reality is that the Citizens sit several levels above the team from Nottingham right now.
Overall, Forest had a solid start to the season, sitting eighth in the standings. In five games, they’ve won twice, having one draw (vs. Chelsea on the road) and two defeats, to United and Arsenal, both after being up.
Four of five of their events have seen both teams netting. They really tend to play open football, attacking and pressuring the rival on his own half. The defense isn’t good, especially when the opposite side attacks with full power, and we saw that against United and Arsenal.
Manchester City and Nottingham Forest Possible Lineups
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Rodri, Silva; Foden, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland
Nottingham Forest: Turner; Boly, Worrall, McKenna; Montiel, Yates, Mangala, Aina; Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Awoniyi
Manchester City vs. Nottingham Forest Head to Head
The meeting at the Etihad last year saw the hosts hammering Forest with 6-0. Yet, in the second leg, Forest took one point at home, 1-1, which was important in its relegation battle.
Manchester City vs. Nottingham Forest Predictions
City’s performances suggest that they don’t feel the impact of absent players. Guardiola has two top-quality lineups, and no matter who steps on the pitch, the Citizens are always favorites. Forest will most likely experience another high loss, not like last year, but routine for sure.
Our verdict: Manchester City wins
Manchester City versus Nottingham Forest Odds
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