Man City vs Nottingham: EPL Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Fantasy XI

Manchester City will look for a sixth Premier League win on the trot when they face Nottingham Forest at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Man City vs Nottingham: EPL Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Fantasy XI

The goalscoring machine (Image- The Independent)

Man City vs Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday, Cityzens looking to continue their impressive run of form.

Match Details:

  • Location: Manchester, England
  • Stadium: Etihad Stadium
  • Date: Saturday 23 September
  • Kick-off Time: 15:00 BST / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • VAR: Michael Salisbury

Man City vs Nottingham: Match Preview

Manchester City have picked up five wins from five league matches, and they will be firm favourites heading into the contest against Nottingham Forest at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 22, 2023

Pep Guardiola's men had to come from behind at half time to claim maximum points in the capital, and they were tasked to do the same on Tuesday night when they began the defence of their Champions League crown at home to Red Star Belgrade, eventually conquering by a 3-1 scoreline in their opening Group G fixture.

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 13, 2023

On the other hand, Nottingham Forest have been quite mediocre so far losing two of their five league matches. That said, the visitors are unbeaten in three of their last four league outings, and it remains to be seen whether they can pull off an upset here.

Team News:

Man City:

De Bruyne remains Man City's headline absentee (Image– Michael Regan/GettyImages)

There are still a lot of injury issues Pep Guardiola is dealing with in spite of his team's awesome form. Kevin De Bruyne remains out with his long-term recovery while John Stones is unlikely to be fit in time.

Jack Grealish is getting closer to a return but isn't expected to play any part against Forest, while Mateo Kovacic could return to the fold. Bernardo Silva is expected to miss about six weeks with his knock against Crvena zvezda.

Nottingham Forest:

On the other hand, there aren't too many injuries for Forest boss Cooper to worry about, with Danilo the only expected absentee on Saturday.

Hudson-Odoi earned the Reds a point against Burnley last time out and should retain his place in attack, where Morgan Gibbs-White and Taiwo Awoniyi will also most likely feature.

Man City vs Nottingham Forest: Head to Head

  • In three head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Manchester City have won one game, lost one and drawn one.
  • Norwegian striker Erling Haaland has managed eight goal contributions in five league starts for Manchester City.
  • Argentine attacker Julian Alvarez has managed five goal contributions in five league starts for Manchester City.
  • Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi has managed five goal contributions in four league starts for Nottingham Forest.
  • Swedish attacker Anthony Elanga has managed two goal contributions in one league start for Nottingham Forest.

Predicted Line-ups:

Man City predicted lineup vs Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Stones; Foden, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland

Nottingham Forest predicted lineup vs Man City (4-2-3-1): Turner; Montiel, Worrall, McKenna, Aina; Sangare, Mangala; Elanga, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Awoniyi

MCI vs NOT: Fantasy XI

Ederson; Walker, Worrall, Gvardiol, Rodri, Sangare, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi, Foden, Alvarez, Haaland

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