Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest predictions: Slow City can topple Forest
Manchester City will look to record a sixth straight league victory this season when they take on Nottingham Forest at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday at 3pm.
Pep Guardiola's treble-winning side from last season have taken the maximum 15 points on offer from their opening five matches, leaving them two points clear at the Premier League summit.
Having narrowly avoided relegation last term, Forest have enjoyed a more positive start in this campaign and find themselves eighth in the table on seven points.
City are set to be without the services of Jack Grealish, John Stones and Mateo Kovacic once again, while talisman Kevin De Bruyne is a long-term absentee and is not expected back until January.
Bernardo Silva is the latest player to be added to the injury list, after he suffered an injury in Tuesday's Champions League victory over Crvena zvezda.
For Forest, Serge Aurier is pushing to be involved after missing the Burnley draw with an injury and he will likely replace Gonzalo Montiel should he be passed fit.
Willy Boly and Wayne Hennessey should both be available after overcoming illness and a knee issue respectively, but Danilo remains a doubt with a thigh problem.
City have won their last 12 home league matches – scoring 35 goals during this run – and have suffered only one top-flight defeat at the Etihad in their last 27 contests.
Guardiola's troops have conceded the first goal in their last two assignments across all competitions before coming back to triumph, recording 3-1 wins against both West Ham and Red Star.
Forest only picked up one away league win last season but they have already matched that record in this campaign, having beaten Chelsea 1-0.
Although generally struggling for points on the road, Steve Cooper's side have at least been competitive on their travels, having hit the opener in five of their last six away games.
The City juggernaut continues to roll on and it would be a huge surprise should they fail to chalk up another three points on home soil at the expense of Forest, who seem a more settled side this season.
However, it has already been a packed fixture schedule for Guardiola's side and the injury to Bernardo Silva on Tuesday has added to a growing injury list that has the manager worried.
City may not be right at it from the word go on Saturday and this could allow Forest to add to a record that has seen them open the scoring in five of their last six away matches.
The issue for Forest has been keeping those leads intact and they have ended up losing two and drawing two of those six encounters.
Any potential joy for Cooper's troops in Manchester looks like it will be short-lived.
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