Manchester City take on the visitors Nottingham in the round 5 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Wednesday, August 31st at Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City managed to make a few misfires in the new draw. The “Citizens”, who last season defended the title in Albion, became, it seems, only stronger. After writing off Gabriel Jesus, Sterling and Zinchenko, as well as saying goodbye to Fernandinho, the giant signed Alvarez (Julian was acquired in the winter), Holland, Phillips and Sergio Gomez. But with confident victories over seemingly strong West Ham and especially Bournemouth, they were defeated 1-3 in the Super Cup by Liverpool. The score could have been repeated on the Newcastle field, but they managed to beat a deficit of 2 goals there. Moreover, Crystal Palace won the 1st half 2-0. But after the break, Erling and the company answered with 4 of their goals.
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Nottingham Forest take their first steps in the Premier League. The Foresters are a football legend, with 2 European Cup victories under Brian Clough. Yes, and in the Premier League, too, there were performances - but it all ended at the end of the last century. For many years it was not possible to return, and the breakthrough of 2021/2022 was unexpected. The bet on Steve Cooper played even better than was expected: with the Welshman, Nottingham managed to climb to 6th place in the regular season standings, and then - and victory in the playoffs. However, little is left of that team, 2 dozen players have already been recruited. There are doubts that this will be beneficial, because newcomers come already during the season. But already in the asset, after the defeat in the 1st match on the Newcastle field, the victory over strong West Ham, after which a draw at home with Everton is already perceived without enthusiasm, as well as a 3-0 cup win with Grimsby. On the other hand, Tottenham and Kane personally were not dealt with a priori. Harry scored a brace, Spurs won 2-0.
Over the past 2 decades, after Manchester City climbed out of the Championship in 2002, there was only 1 meeting - the cup, in January 2009. Then Nottingham Forest won 3-0, and on the field of the "citizens". Manchester City needs a quiet, comfortable win, and the arrival of a newcomer in this regard is optimal. We are waiting for the victory of the “citizens” with a handicap of “-2.5”.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City to win with -2.5 handicap.