Manchester City will look to make it back-to-back Premier League victories when they host Nottingham Forest at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
The reigning champions are coming off a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Forest were defeated 2-0 at home by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The last time Forest faced Man City was in an FA Cup match in January 2009, in which the Reds won 3-0. However, this will be the first time the two teams have faced each other in the league since the Citizens won 3-0 in Manchester in March of 2002. Forest will be playing Man City for the first time since that match.
The last time the two-time champions of the European Cup triumphed against Manchester City in the league was back in December 1997, when they posted a 3-2 victory in the Division One matchup.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa
Arsenal’s Premier League match against Aston Villa has been affected by injury, with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny likely to miss out.
The Gunners have had a fantastic start to the new season, winning all four games and maintaining their perfect record with a fantastic comeback victory over Fulham last weekend.
Mikel Arteta has downplayed speculation of a championship challenge, insisting that his team must ‘concentrate on the next game.’
Arsenal faces Villa, who have struggled to start the season, losing three of their first four games and putting pressure on Steven Gerrard.
The north London club is dealing with a midfield injury issue ahead of the game, with both Partey and Elneny certain to sit out.
Signing summer Zinchenko is thriving in north London. The Ukrainian defender joined Arsenal from Manchester City and recorded an assist on opening day.
Zinchenko has shown his talent in Arteta’s lineup but was kept out of the Fulham triumph as a precaution. Kieran Tierney deputized after returning from injury; it’s unclear whether he’ll start versus Villa.
Partey and Elneny’s injury may force Arteta to use Zinchenko in center midfield. The 25-year-old is a technical midfielder for his nation.