WATCH LIVE : Man City VS Nottingham (Premier League)
The absence of Bernardo will likely see Doku recalled to the first XI to start on the opposite flank to Phil Foden, while Josko Gvardiol and Manuel Akanji will both be pushing to start in defence and could replace Nathan Ake and Sergio Gomez.
Alvarez scored his first two Premier League goals for Man City in last season’s 6-0 home win over Forest, and the Argentine is expected to continue in attack alongside Haaland, who netted a hat-trick against the Tricky Trees in the same fixture.
As for Forest, Harry Toffolo (FA suspension) is unavailable for selection and Brazilian midfielder Danilo is ruled out for “a few weeks” with a hamstring injury, while Felipe, Wayne Hennessey (both knee) and Serge Aurier (unspecified) are all injury doubts; Willy Boly (illness) will also be assessed ahead of kickoff.
Gonzalo Montiel, who was run ragged by Burnley’s Luca Koleosho and withdrawn shortly after half time on his Forest debut, could be replaced by Ola Aina, who may start at either right-back or right wing-back depending on whether Cooper operates with a back four or five-man defence, while Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares could be handed his first start on the left side of defence.
Big-money summer signing Ibrahim Sangare and Orel Mangala could link arms again in the middle of the pitch, while Hudson-Odoi, Morgan Gibbs-White and former Manchester United man Anthony Elanga will all be hoping to retain their places in the final third along with striker Taiwo Awoniyi.
Manchester City starting lineup
Walker(C), Akanji, Rúben Dias, Gvardiol; Nunes, Rodri; Foden, Álvarez, Doku; Haaland.
Nottingham Forest starting lineup:
Turner; Boly, Niakhaté, Mangala; Aurier(C), Sangaré, Aina, Nuno Tavares; Domínguez, Gibbs-White; Awoniyi.