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Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest odds and betting statistics



Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest match preview

Will Manchester City’s 100% start to the season continue?

This time last week, the champions made it five Premier League wins out of five, coming from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 in East London.

Jérémy Doku equalising, bagging his first for the club, before Bernardo Silva and Erling Braut Håland sealed the win later on.

Pep Guardiola’s side continue to be the only team with a perfect record, currently two points clear of Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

It was then a similar story in Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Crvena zvezda, with the Serbian champions stunning the Etihad into silence by taking the lead, against the run of play, in first half injury time.

Nevertheless, Red Star Belgrade’s joy didn’t last long, because a brace from Julián Álvarez, followed by a cool finish from Rodri, saw the Sky Blues ultimately cruise to a 3-1 victory.

Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his debut with a stunning equaliser at the Trent End, but the Reds were given a massive reprieve when Burnley saw a late winner, very controversially, disallowed for an dubious handball.

Nevertheless, the point they did earn takes Steve Cooper’s team onto seven, having famously beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on their last away day.

Forest’s trip to the Etihad last season resulted in a 6-0 shellacking, with the Reds’ most-recent league win in East Manchester coming in 1997, a 3-2 victory at Maine Road in a second division encounter.

That fact is unlikely to change here, with the champions highly-likely to cruise to victory.

Manchester City team news

Bernardo Silva hobbled off against Crvena zvezda, so is set for a few weeks in the treatment room, where he’ll find John Stones, Mateo Kovačić, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish.

They do though still have Erling Braut Håland, who scored a hat-trick in this fixture 13 months ago, and Julián Álvarez, who took his tally to four goals for the season on Tuesday.

Manuel Akanji and Joško Gvardiol are set to return in defence, while Matheus Nunes will continue in midfield, having made his full debut against Red Star Belgrade.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri, Nunes, Doku, Álvarez, Foden; Håland.

Nottingham Forest team news

Matt Turner continues to be the number one goalkeeper, despite the arrival of Odysseas Vlachodimos.

Elsewhere, Divock Origi, Gonzalo Montiel, Ibrahim Sangaré and goal-scorer Callum Hudson-Odoi did make their debuts on Monday.

Assuming Steve Cooper switched to a back five, anyone of Willy Boly, Felipe or new signings Andrew Omobamidele or Murillo will come in at centre-back

Taiwo Awoniyi will continue to lead the line, chosen over Chris Wood.

The Kiwi is the last player to score against Man City in a Premier League match in which they didn’t win (excluding games after they’d already been crowned champions) this coming in mid-February!

Predicted XI (5-2-3): Turner; Montiel, Worrall, Boly, McKenna, Aina; Danilo, Mangala, Sangaré; Gibbs-White, Awoniyi.

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