Manchester City Opposition Watch: Nottingham Forest

Manchester City return to Premier League action this weekend, welcoming Nottingham Forest to the Etihad Stadium. The Premier League champions will be looking to build on their impressive start to the season. Up next in City Opposition Watch is Nottingham Forest.

Forest currently sits 8th in the Premier League table after the first 5 games of the season. 2 wins, a draw and two losses see them sit 8th. After avoiding relegation last season, they have started well this season. The two-time European champions are looking to consolidate their position in the Premier League.

They head to the Etihad off the back of a 1-all draw with Burnley at the City Ground. A Callum Hudson-Odoi rocket was enough for them to take a point against Vincent Kompany’s Burnley. Before that, they took all three points from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in an impressive performance. Steve Cooper’s side have been tough to beat this season as shown by their performances against Arsenal and Manchester United on the road.

On the injury front, Nottingham Forest does have some key players close to returning. Full-back Serge Aurier may return from an injury he suffered before the international break. He missed Forest’s 1-all draw with Burnley last weekend. Brazilian defender Felipe is being managed with a knee issue but has returned to training with the first team Cooper has also confirmed. Defender Willy Boly may also be available for Forest for the trip to Manchester. Midfielder Danilo is out Steve Cooper has also confirmed.

Nottingham Forest does possess a threat up front and on the break with the pace in their side. Striker Taiwo Awoniyi is the main man for Steve Cooper’s side. He has scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists already this season.

Steve Cooper’s men will be determined to build on their good start to the Premier League season at the Etihad on Saturday. The game will likely not be a walkover for Pep Guardiola’s side.

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