Hull City vs Manchester City preview

December 23, 2016
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Roma vs Man CitySitting at Premier League rock bottom, Hull City have no choice but to try and upset revived Manchester City at their KCOM Stadium.

The Citizens were able to kick-start their title bid thanks to back to back wins over Watford and Arsenal, but they need to extend the winning run on Boxing Day if they want to keep their title hopes alive.

Hull City had a nightmare pre-season having had to deal with injury crisis, lack of signings and supporter unrest, but they somehow managed to do well in the opening exchanges.

However, the good run was short-lived and the Tigers were soon back where they belong, which is fighting for their lives.

Few more poor results in a row and Hull City find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League standings, albeit just three points adrift of safety.

The Tigers have been pretty disappointing of late, taking just two points from last six league fixtures, failing to score in three of last four matches.

With that in mind, we cannot honestly expect them to make life difficult for Manchester City, as much as they would like to.

Manager Mike Phelan has confirmed that star striker Abel Hernandez is not ready to return, but the good news is that Ryan Mason, Josh Tymon and Allan McGregor are back in contention.

Probable starting line-up (3-5-1-1): Marshall – Maguire, Dawson, Davies – El Mohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Robertson – Snodgrass – Mbokani.

Following the bright start to his career in England, Man City boss Pep Guardiola has encountered numerous challenges and he admitted the Premier League was even tougher than expected.

The good news is that the worst period appears to be behind the Citizens as they have finally managed to return to winning ways.

After the comfortable triumph over Watford, Man City came from a goal down to record an important victory over Arsenal, climbing to third place in the process.

The Citizens can now be backed at 1.33 (1/3) to see off Hull City and place extra pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Pablo Zabaleta faces a fitness test after suffering a knee injury, whereas Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan continue to miss out.

Fernandinho returns from suspension, but top scorer Sergio Aguero serves the final game of his four-match ban at KCOM Stadium.

Probable starting line-up (4-1-4-1): Bravo – Sagna, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy – Fernandinho – Sane, Toure, Silva, De Bruyne – Sterling.

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