Watch Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest (Premier League) LIVE.

Watch Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest (Premier League) LIVE.

n pursuit of preserving their immaculate record in the Premier League, the reigning champions, Manchester City, are set to welcome Nottingham Forest to the illustrious Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

At the pinnacle of the Premier League standings, Manchester City is enjoying a superb start to the season, while their opponents currently occupy the eighth position, having accrued seven points from their previous four top-flight encounters.

 

The spirits of Manchester City supporters are understandably soaring high, having witnessed their team secure victory in all five of their Premier League outings, including last weekend's triumphant 3-1 performance against West Ham United. This impressive victory was engineered by the goalscoring prowess of summer signing Jeremy Doku, along with contributions from Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland.

 

Pep Guardiola's squad displayed resilience during their recent matches, notably when they had to mount a comeback from a halftime deficit to clinch maximum points in their clash against West Ham United. This was a feat they had to replicate on a Tuesday night, as they embarked on their Champions League title defense against Red Star Belgrade, eventually emerging victorious with a 3-1 scoreline in the inaugural Group G fixture.

 

Red Star Belgrade surprisingly seized the lead with their first shot on target, right on the brink of halftime, courtesy of Osman Bukari. However, the Citizens, despite their dominance with 37 shots and a commanding 76% possession over the 90 minutes, orchestrated a second-half turnaround. Julian Alvarez scored a brace, and last season's Champions League final hero, Rodri, contributed a composed finish. These efforts enabled Manchester City to extend their club record of consecutive home wins to a remarkable 19 across all competitions.

 

The impeccable form displayed at the Etihad Stadium has been pivotal to Manchester City's recent successes. They not only maintain an impressive 27-game unbeaten streak at home in the Champions League, which ranks as the third-longest in the competition's history, but they have also achieved victory in all 12 of their Premier League home fixtures in 2023, amassing a total of 35 goals in the process.

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As Manchester City prepares to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday, they harbor a genuine belief in securing another three points. If they achieve this feat, they will join Chelsea (in the 2005-06 season) as only the second reigning Premier League champion to win their opening six top-flight fixtures of a season. Additionally, the recent history between Manchester City and Nottingham Forest favors the former, as they have triumphed in each of their last three home encounters against Forest, including a resounding 6-0 victory in August 2022.

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Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, is nearly three weeks removed from a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley in the EFL Cup's second round. In their most recent Premier League clash with Burnley, they seemed headed for a similar fate until debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi etched his name into the hearts of the City Ground faithful with a spectacular second-half strike from outside the penalty area. This remarkable goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Steve Cooper's side, even though Burnley was controversially denied a late winner by VAR due to a disputed handball decision.

Considering that Nottingham Forest has already faced challenging away fixtures against the likes of ArsenalManchester United, and Chelsea this season, Steve Cooper can take some solace in the fact that his team has garnered seven points from their initial five Premier League matches. Nevertheless, another demanding away outing awaits them at the home of the reigning champions.

 

Nottingham Forest's narrow 1-0 triumph at Chelsea in their most recent away fixture – one of only two away league wins in their last 14 matches since the beginning of the year – should instill confidence within Steve Cooper's squad as they venture to the Etihad. However, it is worth noting that Nottingham Forest enters Saturday's match without a victory in their last six league meetings with Manchester City.

The sole occasion on which Nottingham Forest savored victory at the Etihad occurred when they were competing as a Championship club back in January 2009, orchestrating a stunning 3-0 FA Cup upset under the guidance of former caretaker manager John Pemberton.


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