​Hull travel to Manchester City on the back of two successive home wins on Saturday, as the Tigers aim for an ambitious three points at the Etihad. Marco Silva's men have been on top form when it comes to playing at home, but his side haven't won an away game in the league since September 21.

After their midweek defeat to Chelsea, Man City will be keen to get back to winning ways. The home side have struggled to break down defences in front of their own fans this season, but against a team with a terrible away record who are currently sat in 17th, Pep Guardiola will view this game as a must win.

Taking all the spoils will be huge for either team - Hull would be able to put some room between themselves and the relegation zone, whereas City can leapfrog Liverpool into third place. Such incentives should hopefully create a thoroughly entertaining match.

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Without a win in their last four matches, Guardiola will be adamant that his team pick up three points on Saturday. After routine wins over Bournemouth and Sunderland, the Citizens have been held by the likes of Stoke, Liverpool and Arsenal, before their most recent defeat to the league leaders, Chelsea. 

Nine points out of a possible 15 doesn't make for the worst reading, but for a team with such high expectations they'll be desperate to improve.

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Hull are currently in better form than their opposition for Saturday, with all ten of their points being picked up at the KCOM Stadium. Their formidable home form might just be what keeps Hull in the Premier League this season, but Marco Silva is keen to fix their shoddy away record.



Key Battles

Sergio Aguero vs Andrea Ranocchia

Aguero has been among the best strikers in the league for a long time now, and Ranocchia will be well aware of the threat he poses. Possibly the striker's most difficult trait to stop is his ability to be in the right place at the right time.

As well as serious speed and dribbling ability, Aguero's vision and positioning means that he can pop up out of nowhere and chip in with a goal. Ranocchia will need to stay tight to the Argentine forward in order to stop him, getting challenges in early before it's too late.


Alfred N'Diaye vs Kevin de Bruyne

N'Diaye's job in this match will be to snuff out Man City's devastating attacks - which is no easy feat against the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne. However, the key battle would likely come between N'Diaye and the Belgain playmaker, De Bruyne.

De Bruyne has become one of the most revered midfielders in the league, racking up four goals and 11 assists this season. N'Diaye will have to minimise the chances he creates, cutting out any passes that de Bruyne makes, or dispossessing the playmaker himself. Either way, the Hull midfielder will have a busy afternoon on his hands.

​​Oumar Niasse vs John Stones

The Senegalese striker has played a strong role in Hull's rise since he joined in January. Chipping in with four goals in ten appearances, Niasse has produced the goods when he's been needed to.

With Abel Hernandez doubtful for the game, Niasse will likely be the outlet that Hull need, and John Stones will have to crush that. Stones will look to push Niasse out of the game - beating him to aerial balls, pressing him quickly, and cutting out any forward movements the striker attempts.

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Manchester City

The home side's only absentees come through injury, with Bacary Sagna out for another two weeks, Gabriel Jesus recovering from a metatarsal injury, and Ilkay Gundogan ruled out for the rest of the season.

Hull City

Marco Silva has a bit more to worry about than Pep Guardiola when it comes to players missing from his side. Tom Huddlestone remains suspended for one more match, while Abel Hernandez and Harry Maguire face late fitness tests after coming off injured against Middlesbrough.

Furthermore, Dieumerci Mbokani is still absent with a hamstring injury, and Moses Odubajo, Ryan Mason and Will Keane are all long term absentees form the Hull side.

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Predicted Starting XI's

Manchester City (4-3-3): Caballero, Navas, Kompany, Stones, Clichy, Toure, de Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane

Hull City (4-4-2): Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Ranocchia, Davies, Robertson, Markovic, N'Diaye, Clucas, Grosicki, Niasse, Diomande

Predicted Score: Manchester City 3-0 Hull City