Manchester City and Nottingham Forest face each other in a David versus Goliath Premier League clash at Etihad Stadium. Our sportsbook offers the best Premier League odds in the market.
Manchester City has started this season the same way they finished last year. Pep Guardiola is once again in control of the Premier League, and it doesn’t seem like there is any stop to it.
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City went into the season’s first international break after winning all four opening matches. Pep Guardiola’s side is attempting to become the first-ever team to win a fourth consecutive title in the English top flight, and they have started the term very strong. We will continue to include them in our Premier League best bets.
The Champions League holders made a winning start to their title defense. Julian Alvarez scored twice to spearhead a second-half comeback, defeating Red Star Belgrade 3-1 at Etihad Stadium. City’s victory was marred by the sight of Bernardo Silva being replaced just before half-time with an apparent hamstring injury.
Summer signing Jeremy Doku should keep his place in the starting lineup after scoring the equalizer in a 3-1 win over West Ham, where as John Stones, Jack Grealish, and Mateo Kovacic are rated doubtful for Saturday’s clash. Belgium star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is a long-term absentee.
Erling Haaland scored a first-half hat-trick in the corresponding fixture last season and had gone three games without scoring at home leading up to the win over Fulham, but he bounced back in typical Haaland style with a treble.
With one of the biggest squads in the league, Forest is perhaps better equipped than their hosts to cope when injuries hit. Omar Richards will be assessed ahead of the kick-off, while Danilo, George Shelvey, and Giulian Biancone are out of contention with injuries.
Since their return to the Premier League, home points have been crucial for the team, as until they beat Chelsea 1-0 in their last away league outing, they hadn’t won such a fixture since January. That was despite posing a consistent attacking threat, having scored in each of their last seven league road games, including trips to Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United.
Forest can only hope their improved showings away from home this season will be rewarded heavily with any form of a result in Manchester. The rearguard action at Chelsea may have worked a treat, but Pep’s men are on a completely different level and are used to teams trying to soak up the pressure. Our Premier League odds to win this clash are right on point, with Nottingham priced at +1500.
Man City Can’t Lose at Home
Man City has won 19 consecutive home games across all competitions. None of Manchester City’s last five matches featured scoring before the 30th minute. Hudson-Odoi became the first man since Geoff Thomas in 1998 to score on his Forest debut on Monday against Burnley, and netted in injury time against Man City for Chelsea in January 2021.
Nottingham Forest has scored in their last 11 Premier League games. A penalty has been awarded in two of Man City’s five EPL matches this season. The Citizens held their opponents scoreless in two of five EPL games.
Man City vs Nottingham Forest Match Information
- Match: Manchester City (5-0-0) vs Nottingham Forest (2-1-2)
- Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:00 a.m. EST
- Man City vs Nottingham Live Stream: fubo.tv
Man City vs Nottingham Forest Betting Lines
Bet on Man City to Score at Least Three Goals
The Citizens enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -675 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest Premier League odds, while the goal line is set at 3½.
Keen to show for their bright season start, Nottingham has a clinical goal-scorer in Taiwo Awoniyi, who continued his goalscoring form. They have created a playing identity and know their individual roles within that system, but they have a mountain to climb on Saturday against the reigning champs. They might score a goal given City’s injury issues, but we expect the hosts to pick up the three points in a high-scoring affair.