Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium.
When Manchester City plays Nottingham Forest at the Etihad on Wednesday, they will want to maintain their perfect start to the 2022–23 campaign.
With Gameweek 5 beginning just 48 hours after the conclusion of the previous round of fixtures, the 2022–23 season is set to go into overdrive starting this midweek.
And when Manchester City hosts Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, they’ll be desperate to keep up with the fast-rising Arsenal.
Manchester City lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the FA Community Shield match to start the 2022–23 season.
But the Citizens have, for the most part, been in excellent form in the Premier League, defeating West Ham United, Bournemouth, and Crystal Palace and drawing 3-3 with Newcastle United.
And in especially, this past weekend’s comeback victory over Crystal Palace demonstrated the tenacity of a title club.
With their comeback to the Premier League being less than successful, Nottingham Forest has had a trial by fire.
The Tricky Trees have displayed resilience in their victories over West Ham United and 1-1 draws with Everton, but their challenging opening month of games against Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur has left them 14th in the standings.
In January 2009, Nottingham Forest defeated Manchester City 3-0 on the road in their penultimate FA Cup match.
The dilta examines the encounter in more detail before the most recent meeting between the two parties.
Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest Head to head:
- 5 of the past 7 encounters had three or more goals.
- The Citizens had recorded 3 of the past 4 overall wins.
- At this venue the hosts had won 2 of the past 3 clashes.
- It has been 25 years since the visitors have registered a league victory at this ground.
Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest Prediction:
On Wednesday, Nottingham Forest will travel to the Etihad with their customary tenacity in the hopes of frustrating Manchester City. Erling Haaland’s absence for the whole of the game may give Nottingham Forest a remote chance to earn a point, although Dean Henderson will be busy in goal.
However, with Julian Alvarez making his Premier League debut for Manchester City, the Argentine international could make an impact right away. In order to extend his incredible run and aid Manchester City in securing a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, Haaland should also come off the bench.
Manchester City 1-2 Nottingham Forest
Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest Team News :
Aymeric Laporte will again be unable to play for a City because of a knee injury, and Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips, and Luke Mbete-Tabu are still questionable.
However, Nathan Ake, a Netherlands international, is anticipated to make a full recovery in time for this game and might start next to Ruben Dias in the middle of the defense.
It could be the same front three from the weekend, with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez once more backing Haaland, while Ilkay Gundogan is also expected to start. Bernardo Silva may be rested from the opening kickoff. But Julian Alvarez is fighting for a starting position against Cooper’s team.
Renan Lodi, the club’s most recent acquisition, might sit on Forest’s bench, although Moussa Niakhate and Omar Richards are still sidelined with injuries.
Although head coach Cooper is probably going to resist the urge to make drastic changes, Remo Freuler might find himself playing in the center of midfield.
While Taiwo Awoniyi is a potential possibility to play through the middle with support from Morgan Gibbs-White and Brennan Johnson, Jesse Lingard may be dropped from the starting lineup.
Emmanuel Dennis, 24, is competing for a position in the starting lineup in Manchester after showing promise off the bench over the weekend.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Ake, Dias, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Mahrez
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Worrall, Cook, McKenna; Williams, Yates, Freuler, Toffolo; Johnson, Awoniyi, Gibbs-White