Looking to maintain its position at the top of the Premier League, Manchester City travels to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses in the English top-flight league.
Nottingham: Struggling for Consistency
Nottingham Forest has been struggling for consistency since the beginning of this season, winning just six fixtures and sitting 14th in the standings, six points above the danger zone. However, its resurgence over the past couple of months could snowball into one of the season’s stories. After looking destined to return to the Championship early in the campaign, it picked up 10 points in its previous five games.
The club will need to bring its A-game to extend that streak as it prepares to lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s in-form Manchester City side. Nottingham has Brennan Johnson, who is blessed with great pace and is crucial to the counter-attacking style of play Steve Cooper favors. Operating mostly down the right wing or as number nine, he has that acute sense of game reading which helps the attacking line. He has scored seven goals, the highest count for Nottingham Forest this season. If you’re betting online, he’s a player to watch and bet on.
The hosts lost defensive duo Scott McKenna and Willy Boly against Fulham after both picked up hamstring injuries. They joined a packed treatment room that includes Dean Henderson, Moussa Niakhate, Taiwo Awoniyi, Giulian Biancone, Omar Richards, and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Man City: Best Form of the Season
Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, and Erling Haaland contributed to the scoresheet for the Citizens on Wednesday, picking up a crucial win against Arsenal. The victory has planted them back at the top of the Premier League, albeit Arsenal has a game in hand on them, so they can’t afford to drop points against teams like Nottingham.
Saturday’s clash comes at just the right time for the Citizens, as they will be hoping to build on their momentum and pile pressure on the Gunners. Guardiola will be eager to feast on his side’s impressive performance, winning their last nine Premier League games against newly promoted sides since a 2-1 home defeat to Leeds United in April 2021.
Manchester City thrashed Nottingham in the reverse fixture by 6-0, and we will continue to include the Citizens in our soccer picks and parlays. Their only injury concern is with defender John Stones, who is not expected to feature this month as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Erling Haaland, who scored one of his four Premier League hat-tricks against Forest earlier this season, is expected to lead the attacking line alongside Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez.
Nottingham vs Man City Head-to-Head
The hosts picked up 75% of their Premier League home points this season, winning five and drawing three of their 11 home matches. A 3-2 defeat to Fulham on Sep. 16 was the last time that Forest lost in the league on home soil, and it has since put together a seven-game unbeaten run in front of its fans, picking up points against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea in the process.
Nottingham lost its last seven matches against the reigning Premier League champion by an aggregate score of 29-3. Meanwhile, the Citizens won six of their 11 away games, scoring 18 goals in the process.
Nottingham vs Man City Match Information
- Match: Nottingham (6-6-10) vs Man City (16-3-4)
- Day/Time: Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m. ET
- Location: City Ground, Nottingham
- Nottingham Forest vs Manchester CityLive Stream: fubo TV
Nottingham vs Man City Betting Lines
Nottingham vs Man City Picks and Prediction
Manchester City enters this clash as a heavy favorite, priced at -315 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at three.
Although the reverse fixture ended in a 6-0 win for Manchester City, we don’t expect a similar scenario here as Nottingham has been recording impressive outcomes at home. But we still expect a comfortable away win with the Citizens determined to maintain their leading spot. We expect them to start strong and cover the spread.
Manchester City are listed at -315 in our Vegas Premier League lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Manchester City, you have a chance to win $32. The Nottingham is +825, offering a chance to win $825 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Manchester Citya 75.90% chance to win, with Nottingham at 10.81%.