Match Preview: Hull City vs Manchester City

December 24, 2016

The Tigers host Manchester City at the KCOM on Boxing Day as they begin the road in attempting a rare achievement in Premier League history – avoiding relegation having been bottom of the table on Christmas Day.

City prop up the league following their excruciating 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium last Saturday, a game which saw Mbokani, Robertson and others go stupendously close to giving their side a much-needed result. Yet despite the abundance of chances created, City failed to score once again, extending their run of winless league games to six.

In contrast, Pep Guardiola’s team will come to East Yorkshire full of confidence after winning back-to-back home games against Watford and Arsenal. Last weekend’s result was particularly important given their previous losses to Chelsea and Leicester. City fans can take comfort in the fact that Manchester City have only kept one clean sheet away from home all season, and it would be foolish for us not to test the less-than convincing Claudio Bravo.

Although Abel Hernandez is still some way off a return to action, Ryan Mason is back in the squad after he missed the West Ham fixture with a knock. Perhaps more significantly for City, Sergio Aguero serves the last of his four-match ban on Monday, somewhat blunting Man City’s attack. Fernandinho is available for selection following his suspension, while Kompany and Delph remain side-lined with long-term injuries.

There was some encouraging news for City supporters during the week as it was announced that the contracts of Dawson, Robertson, Maguire, Livermore, Snodgrass and Hernandez had all been extended by 12 months, meaning that none of these key players can leave on a free in July 2017. This is unlikely to end recent speculation surrounding the future of Robert Snodgrass given that he refused to sign a longer term deal last week.

In the past decade the two clubs have met on nine occasions, with the Tigers only victorious once back in 2010, where one George Boateng got on the score sheet. Manchester City have won their last two visits to the KCOM and are 1/3 to do so again. If you fancy an outside punt on a home win, the bookies will offer you around 8/1. Here’s hoping City can provide some Christmas cheer!
Harry Drew (@hdrew95