Hull hoping to hinder Man City’s title push at home
Manchester City have not won away to Hull in the league since 1909 – out of seven games – and you can back the home side at 11/2 to win and pile more misery on the former quadruple-chasing side.
Visitors City have lost three out of their last five matches in all competitions. They now travel to a confident Hull team as they desperately hope to regain the Premier League from rivals Manchester United, following their recent exits from the Champions League and FA Cup.
Hull (odds-on at 1/33 to stay up) have lost just twice in their last eight games, and although their league form is not great – with two wins in nine – there is still a five point cushion between them and the relegation zone.
Premier League second-favourites City (7/4) go into this battle with leading scorer Sergio Aguero (26 goals in 28 games in all competitions this season) likely to miss out, after injuring his hamstring against Barcelona.
Alvaro Negredo is likely to lead the line again, and in this his impressive debut season in England, with 23 goals in 41 matches, back him at evens to net anytime at the KC Stadium.
For the Tigers, they have the luxury of recalling Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long back to their lineup, after being cup-tied for their quarter-final 3-0 win over Sunderland, and both have odds of 11/4 in the anytime scorer market. The Croatian will be the best bet, having scored three in his last four for Hull.
Coral say an away victory for the Sky Blues is the more likely outcome at 8/15, but odds for a draw (3/1) seem more enticing.
City will have been hurt by their last two defeats in the Champions League and FA Cup, and it remains to be seen how they will react. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are now nine points behind league leaders Chelsea, but do have three games in hand on them.
The head-to-head record between the two sides does not bode too well for City either as they have beaten Hull just twice in five Premier league attempts.