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Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest (Premier League): Match Preview, Team News, Head to Head, How to Watch



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Manchester City welcome Nottingham Forest to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as they look to continue their recent run of form in the Premier League.

In midweek, Manchester City started the defence of their UEFA Champions League title with a 3-1 victory over Serbian-side Red Star Belgrade at the Etihad Stadium, coming out with the three points despite Osman Bukari’s surprise goal providing the visitors with a half-time lead.

A brace from Julian Alvarez and superb strike from Rodri completed another second-half comeback, with Manchester City having also come from behind to beat West Ham in east London last Saturday in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s side return to the Etihad Stadium this weekend, hosting Nottingham Forest, who come into the match off of a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Monday evening.

Steve Cooper’s team, who have faced a tricky start to the campaign with matches against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, sit in the top-half, with seven points from five games.

Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick during a 6-0 win against Nottingham Forest at the Etihad Stadium last season, and the Norwegian will be looking to get on the scoresheet again this weekend, after missing a series of chances in midweek.

Manchester City will be hopeful of extending their winning start to the season on Saturday, despite contending with a number of fitness concerns; as Bernardo Silva, Mateo Kovacic, John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne remain sidelined.

Fixture Details

Manchester City will take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday 23rd September at the Etihad Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 15:00 BST.

Team News

Bernardo Silva will be out for the match, with Pep Guardiola stating that he could be out for upwards of the next two weeks following an injury in the match on Tuesday evening.

Jack Grealish could feature in Saturday’s match after training towards the end of the week, with Guardiola hinting that the Englishman could make a return to the squad during a pre-match press conference.

John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne remain sidelined, with Guardiola not specifying any return date for either of the two players.

Mateo Kovacic, who has been absent after suffering an injury during the international break with Croatia, is also close to a return.


Manchester City thrashed Nottingham Forest at the Etihad Stadium last August, but had to accept a point at the City Ground, as Chris Wood cancelled out Bernardo Silva’s first-half strike.

How To Watch

For viewers in the United Kingdom, Saturday’s match will not be televised due to the 15:00 blackout rule, although BBC Radio Manchester will provide full-match commentary.

For viewers in the United States, you can view the match on USA Network, with kick-off scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST.

For fans living elsewhere, you can find the complete TV Listings here!

City Xtra will have live coverage of the contest on YouTube via our live Watchalong show!