Hull vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Champions Manchester City are searching for their first Premier League win in four matches away to Hull City, who will also be frustrated with their recent results.

A poor first half showing saw the Tigers lose at Aston Villa before the international break, and since the resumption, they have thrown away valuable leads to draw against West Ham United and Newcastle United, before succumbing to another fight-back against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup. Manager Steve Bruce will be looking for his defence to tighten up here for this extremely difficult encounter.

Despite bouncing back to draw with only 10 men, Man City will have been the more disappointed side after the game against Chelsea, as it allowed the West London club to maintain the seven-point gap between the two title challengers. It has been a tricky run of games for Manuel Pellegrini and his players, and the Chilean will hope that the League Cup thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday will aid their confidence.

Hull’s only absentee is Robert Snodgrass, who has a long-term injury. Hatem Ben Arfa returns to Premier League action after being ineligible for the draw at Newcastle.

For this banana skin of a game, Man City have Pablo Zabaleta back after suspension, but Fernando and Stevan Jovetic are both doubtful.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Hull v Man City

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