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The Premier League tie at The Etihad Stadium on Saturday sees hosts Manchester City up against Nottingham Forest.
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Manchester City are hoping to win again after their last result, a 2-0 Premier League success vs Nottingham Forest.
Manchester City have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets recently, but they’ve also done enough to score goals themselves. Over their last 6 matches, Manchester City have conceded in 5 of them while also getting on the scoresheet in 6 of those matches. Nonetheless, we’ll just have to find out if that trend will be replicated in this match.
Looking at their past form shows that Manchester City:
- are unbeaten in the league by Nottingham Forest in their last 6 games.
- are unbeaten in their last 13 home league matches. What a fortress.
Last time out, Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 in the Premier League match with Burnley.
In that game, Nottingham Forest managed 46% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Nottingham Forest was Callum Hudson-Odoi (61'). Burnley got 10 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Zeki Amdouni (41') was the scorer for Burnley.
The numbers tell their own story, and Nottingham Forest have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 8 goals in all. Defensively, Nottingham Forest could really do with shoring things up.
Heading into this contest, Nottingham Forest have not emerged victorious against Manchester City when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their past head to head clashes going back to 05/02/2000 tells us that Manchester City have won 3 of these games and Nottingham Forest 1, with the tally of draws standing at 2.
A total of 20 goals were produced between them in these games, with 14 of them for The Citizens and 6 being from The Reds. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
The previous league contest between the two was Premier League match day 24 on 18/02/2023 and the score finished Nottingham Forest 1-1 Manchester City.
That time, Nottingham Forest had 27% possession and 4 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Chris Wood (84').
Manchester City had 23 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Bernardo Silva (41') scored.
The referee was Graham Scott.
Team News: Manchester City
Zack Steffen (Knee Surgery), Kevin De Bruyne (Muscle partial avulsion) and Jack Grealish (Hamstring Injury) will not be able to play for Manchester City gaffer Pep Guardiola.
It looks as if The Citizens will probably use the 4-2-3-1 formation this time, handing starts to Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Josko Gvardiol, Matheus Nunes, Rodri, Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, Jeremy Doku and Erling Haaland.
Team News: Nottingham Forest
Thanks to a completely injury-free group ready to go, the Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper has zero fitness concerns at all before this clash.
We reckon that The Reds appear most likely to utilise a 3-4-2-1 lineup, settling for Matt Turner, Serge Aurier, Willy Boly, Moussa Niakhate, Ola Aina, Nuno Tavares, Ibrahim Sangare, Orel Mangala, Morgan Gibbs-White, Nicolas Dominguez and Taiwo Awoniyi.
We believe that Nottingham Forest should have enough to get a goal against this Manchester City outfit, although it probably won’t quite be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re tipping both teams to score in a 2-1 win for Manchester City when all is said and done. It should be a decent one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Etihad Stadium (53,400)
Captain: Kevin De Bruyne
Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Competitions: Premier League position 1, EFL Cup (Third Round), FA Community Shield (Community Shield), Champions League (Group G), UEFA Super Cup (Final)
⭐ Key Player: Julián Álvarez
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Julián Álvarez was born in Calchín, Argentina. Having played his first senior match for River Plate in the 2018 - 2019 season, the talented Forward has contributed 2 league goals in the Premier League 2023 - 2024 campaign so far from a total of 5 appearances.