Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Hull
2009-11-28 - Added by
Manchester City will be seeking to end a succession of draws when they host in-form Hull Eastlands on Saturday.
This same game proved to be a turning point for Hull City last season as with his team trailing 4-0 at half-time, coach Phil Brown infamously berated his players on the pitch in front of 47,700 stunned on-lookers.
The act ultimately proved ill judged as the high-flying Tigers then collapsed in the second half of the season before ensuring survival on the final day by the skin of their teeth.
Now after netting seven points from their last three games, albeit all at home, the Tigers travel to Eastlands safe in the knowledge that they have created a small buffer between themselves and the drop zone.
Furthermore, despite new chairman Adam Pearson holding a gun to his head, the pressure on coach Phil Brown has eased - temporarilly at least.
The hosts have seen their push for a top four place stutter of late after six consecutive draws, which has led to the Citizens slipping to sixth in the table, four points behind fourth place Spurs albeit with a game in hand.
City coach Mark Hughes knows that he cannot afford many more slip-ups, and will be desperate for three points this afternoon.
Manchester City welcome the return of striker Robinho, who, after two months out has finally recovered from the stress fracture of his ankle.
Vincent Kompany and Michael Johnson are available for selection as is Kolo Toure who was substituted at half-time during City’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool last weekend.
Hull coach Phil Brown will recall midfielder Jimmy Bullard to the first team after resting him during the 3-2 win over Everton.
Full-back Bernard Mendy returns after serving a one-match ban, however, Nigerian midfielder Seyi Olofinjana is out with a hamstring injury.
Probable Starting XIs; Star Man:
Manchester City (4-3-3): Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, De Jong, Wright-Phillips, Barry, Ireland, Bellamy, Adebayor.
Hull City (4-4-2): Duke, Mendy, Gardner, Zayatte, Dawson, Garcia, Marney, Bullard, Hunt, Geovanni, Altidore.
ExtraFootie's Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Hull City. After their midweek exertions against Everton, Hull could be forgiven for feeling a little jaded as City aim for the jugular.