Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Saturday’s football game at City Ground pits together Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, the two teams with totally different ambitions in the remainder of the season. Nottingham are eager to secure the elite division survival, while Man City are fighting hard to defend their trophy. Both McKenna and Boly limped off with injuries in a 2-0 loss to Fulham, and the duo is rated doubtful for the Man City showdown, while Niakhate, Biancone, and Kouyate remain in the recovery room.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s charges proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach against Forest. Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line, and seeing that defender John Stones should be the only absentee in the away side, we are tempted to put our money on the reigning champions.
Highlighted Player (Ilkay Gundogan):
Ilkay Gundogan is a German footballer of Turkish origin who made a name for himself playing for Borussia Dortmund. The skilful midfielder began his professional career at VFL Bochum, but it was at Nurnberg that he was given the opportunity to prove his undoubted potential. He needed just two years to make Germany’s top clubs stand up and take notice and the Millionaires secured his signature for mere €4 million.
That would prove to be a great investment as Gundogan quickly slotted straight into the starting line-up and became a playmaker in the side led by Jurgen Klopp and later Thomas Tuchel. The midfield maestro kept being linked with clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal, but he resisted temptation to leave Borussia Dortmund, winning one Bundesliga trophy with the club and making it to the Champions League final.
Gundogan unfortunately missed the 2014 World Cup finals through injury, but there is still time for the BVB star to make things right and lift a major international trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.