Citizens host newcomers


Manchester City will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League when they welcome Nottingham Forest to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

The reigning champions will enter the contest off the back of a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Forest suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Man City found themselves 2-0 down in the 21st minute of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Palace, but a brilliant second-half performance from the champions saw them score four times without reply, with Erling Braut Haaland scoring an excellent hat trick for the Citizens.

Pep Guardiola’s side have now won three and drawn one of their first four matches of the campaign, collecting 10 points in the process, to sit in second position in the table behind Arsenal.

The Citizens beat West Ham United and Bournemouth in their opening two league games before playing out a pulsating 3-3 draw with Newcastle United on August 21; it appeared that the team would be dropping more points against Palace on Saturday, but a brilliant second-half display secured a vital win.

Man City will take on Forest and Aston Villa in their next two league matches before travelling to Sevilla for the opening match of their 2022-23 Champions League campaign on September 6.

Guardiola’s team are once again the favourites in the Premier League, while they will be hoping that the signing of Haaland can fire them towards success in the Champions League.

Forest will be taking on Man City for the first time since an FA Cup fixture in January 2009, which the Reds won 3-0, while this will be the first league meeting between the two sides since the Citizens ran out 3-0 winners in Manchester in March 2002.

The two-time European Cup winners last overcame Man City in the league back in December 1997, recording a 3-2 victory in the Division One fixture.

Steve Cooper’s side have made an encouraging start to the 2022-23 campaign, picking up four points from their four matches, which has left them in 14th position in the table.

Forest lost at Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the season before beating West Ham United and drawing at Everton in their next two, while they also recorded a 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup on August 23.

The newly-promoted club will enter this match off the back of a defeat, though, losing at home to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon courtesy of two goals from England captain Harry Kane, and they now face arguably the toughest match on the English football calendar.