Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City go into their second consecutive Premier League match against newly promoted opposition, this time in the form of Hull City, and are hoping not to suffer the same fate as they did against Cardiff.
After the team showed so much promise in taking apart Newcastle in their opening game, Man City were stunned by a very organised Bluebirds side, who ruthlessly took advantage of City’s defensive woes. The 2011-12 champions are expected to win here, and cannot afford to slip up.
Hull arrive under no pressure, after securing their all-important first win of the season against Norwich City, a victory made all the more impressive by the fact that they played more than an hour with 10 men. As normally the case with promoted sides, their home form is likely to have a large bearing on their survival chances.
Man City are again likely to be forced to field Javi Garcia in central defence, with captain Vincent Kompany still out, and Matija Nastasic doubtful due to injury. Pellegrini may also choose to hand Alvaro Negredo his first competitive start for the club.
Hull will be without Yannick Sagbo, who begins a three match ban following last week’s dismissal. Danny Graham is likely to start in his place.
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