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MCI vs NFO, EPL 2022/23, Matchday 5: Preview, Predictions & Fantasy XI

Reigning champions Manchester City will take on newly-promoted side Nottingham Forest in Matchday five of the Premier League 2022-23 at the Etihad Stadium in the early hours of Thursday in India.

Manchester City head into the Nottingham Forest fixture after securing a 4-2 win over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at the Etihad in their last Premier League match on Saturday. 

After an own goal from City defender John Stones gave a 1-0 lead to Palace, Danish centre-back Joachim Andersen netted another goal for the visitors in the 21st minute to make it 2-0.

However, with 0-2 down, an important strike from Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva in the 53rd minute followed by a stunning hat-trick from new summer signing Erling Haaland helped Manchester City secure three valuable points from the encounter.

With three wins and one draw, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are currently placed second in the Premier League  2022-23 standings with 10 points from four games, two points behind league leaders Arsenal.

On the other hand, Nottingham Forest will look to bounce back after suffering a 0-2 loss against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur at the City Ground in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire on Sunday.

Having secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 1999, Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest have registered one win, one draw and two losses in their four matches so far. With four points from as many games, Forest are currently placed 14th in the Premier League 2022-23 standings.

MCI vs NFO, Premier League 2022-23

Date: 1st September 2022

Time: 12:00 AM IST

Venue: Etihad Stadium

FORM GUIDE:

Manchester City Premier League form:

  • W, D, W, W

Manchester City form (all competitions):

  • W, D, D, W, W

Nottingham Forest Premier League form:

  • L, D, W, L

Nottingham Forest form (all competitions):

  • L, W, D, W, L

Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest head-to-head in Premier League

Manchester City and Nottingham Forest have faced each other on six occasions in the Premier League. While Forest have secured two victories, City have registered just a solitary victory in 1993. Three matches have ended in draws.

The last time these two sides met in the Premier League,  Manchester City and Nottingham Forest played out a 1-1 draw at City Ground in Nottinghamshire in December 1995.

This will be the first meeting between Manchester City and Nottingham Forest since their FA CUp third-round clash at the Etihad Stadium in January 2009. Second-tier Forest won that encounter 3-0 away from home.

Interestingly, both the sides are in the same league for the first time since 2001-02 in the second tier.

Manchester City wins: 1

Draws: 3

Nottingham Forest wins:2

Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest

Team News

Manchester City Team News 

Manchester City will once again miss the services of their star defender Aymeric Laporte due to a knee injury.

Furthermore, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish and Luke Mbete-Tabu are doubtful for the upcoming Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest.

Ruben Dias is expected to start with Nathan Ake at the heart of the defence as the latter is expected to return to the starting XI after recovering from a groin injury.

Star midfielder Bernardo Silva could be given a rest ahead of their weekend fixture against Aston Villa. In that case, IIkay Gundogan could replace Silva in the playing XI.

New signing Julian Alvarez could also be given an opportunity in the playing XI in place of Phil Foden.

Star forward Erling Haaland and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will start against Nottingham at the Etihad.

Nottingham Forest Team News 

Omar Richards and Moussa Niakhate are not available for selection against Manchester City due to their respective injuries.

Meanwhile, Taiwo Awoniyi could replace new summer signing Jesse Lingard in the playing XI.

Left-back Renan Lodi, who signed for the Premier League on a season-long deal from Atletico Madrid, is expected to make an appearance as a substitute.

Manchester City possible starting lineup vs Nottingham Forest:

Ederson (goalkeeper); Kyle Walker, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; IIkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup vs Manchester City

Dean Henderson (goalkeeper); Joe Worrall, Steve Cook, Scott McKenna; Neco Williams, Ryan Yates, Remo Freuler, Harry Toffolo; Brennan Johnson, Taiwo Awoniyi, Morgan Gibbs-White

Predictions

Considering the form of both sides, defending champions Manchester City will start as overwhelming favourites against newly-promoted Nottingham Forest in their Premier League clash on Thursday.

Pep Guardiola’s men are expected to bag another three points from this fixture and stay in contention for a top spot.

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