To be played on Saturday 15th March 2014 at 12:45. Venue: The KC Stadium, Hull.
Odds: Hull City 6/1, Draw 7/2, Manchester City 4/7
Last season: N/A
Preview & injury news
Hull City go into this game on a bit of a high having reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup after overcoming Sunderland, whilst their league position isn't bad for their first season back in the top flight. They will, however, be taking a little look over their shoulders as they are five points above the drop zone with ten games left to play.
Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from a difficult week which has seen them dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic and their dream of becoming European Champions ended at the hands of Barcelona. It's been a little while since Man City last played in the Premier League, and during that time Chelsea have opened up a nine point lead over City. City have three games in hand and a superior goal difference but there is little margin forever for Manuel Pellegrini's side.
On the injury front, there is a chance that Jake Livermore could be part of the squad after a thigh problem. Robbie Brady has a groin problem and looks set to miss out, along with Paul McShane who has an ankle problem, and Joe Dudgeon has a knee problem.
For Manchester City, Sergio Aguero is a major doubt after being substituted in the Nou Camp against Barcelona in midweek because of a hamstring problem, though there is a chance that Stevan Jovetic could be included in the squad for the trip to Humberside. Matija Nastasic is nearing a return, but it is unclear whether he will be available for this weekend after a knee problem.
Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:
|Sergio Agüero||Man City||FW||15||17||1,199|
|Yaya Touré||Man City||MF||13||25||2,182|
|Álvaro Negredo||Man City||FW||9||24||1,515|
Their average possession statistics:
And the amount of clean sheets that the two sides have kept:
5 players to watch
Nikica Jelavic - If Hull City had that little bit of cutting edge in the reverse fixture, the scoreline could have been different. In the January window they went out and bought Jelavic along with Shane Long, and the Croat seems to have found his feet at the KC Stadium. Will he play a starring role in their bid to topple the visitors?
Alvaro Negredo - Negredo hasn't been in the best of form lately, but he is sure to feature at some point during the game especially if City are in need of a winner. Can he find that scoring touch that he had earlier on in the season and fire Man City to a crucial three points?
David Meyler - Meyler has had an interesting couple of weeks. He has been on the end of a head-butt from a manager and scored in an FA Cup quarter final - so he must be wondering what this week will bring him. He'll be hoping it's for all the right reasons - helping his side to a famous win against one of the title challengers.
Martin Demichelis - It seems that Manuel Pellegrini sees something in Demichelis because no matter how many times he gets beaten by an opponent, or how many crucial penalties he gives away, the Chilean still selects him. Will he silence his critics this week with a good performance? Will he come up with yet another error? Or, will Pellegrini leave him out of the side? Who knows?
Curtis Davies - At the heart of the Hull defence, Davies is going to be in for a busy afternoon against a side that is capable of creating plenty of chances. Another big performance from the defender - like the one he had against Sunderland in the FA Cup last weekend - will do his side no harm at all.
Earlier on in the season
Manchester City 2-0 Hull City, August 2013
It could have been a very different result, but Manchester City ultimately prevailed after they were given a fright by Premier League newboys Hull City. The visitors could have easily been in front at half time if Sone Aluko hadn't missed a golden opportunity, whilst Robert Koren also went close with a long range effort. In the second half, City woke up with the introduction of Alvaro Negredo who headed the home side in front from a Pablo Zabaleta cross. The visitors were still in the game and continued to cause problems until late on when Yaya Toure's free-kick rounded off the scoring.