Hull City suffered a cruel defeat on Wednesday as they bowed out of the League Cup 3-2 away to West Bromwich Albion after two goals in the final three minutes from Gareth McAuley and Saido Berahino sealed their fate.
Furthemore, Steve Bruce’s side have been something on a slump of late in the Premier League since their opening 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers, drawing three times and losing once to drop to tenth place after last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle United.
However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have also suffered a downturn in form when it comes to the Premier League, with the Citizens failing to register a win in their last three games after winning their opening two fixtures against Newcastle United and Liverpool.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Hull City 0 Manchester City 2 (Silva, Dzeko), Premier League, March 2014
Manchester City 2 (Negredo, Toure) Hull City 0, Premier League, August 2013
Hull City 2 (Altidore, Boateng) Manchester City 1 (Adebayor), Premier League, February 2010
Hull City’s last victory at Manchester City was over 84 years ago, a 2-1 win at Maine Road in February 1930.
Saturday’s fixture will be only the seventh Premier League fixture between the two clubs.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Hull City forward Nikica Jelavic are the Premier League’s joint third top goalscorers this season with three goals.
Hull City midfielder Stephen Quinn is the Premier League’s joint third highest playmaker after assisting three goals so far this season.
Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta and Hull City’s James Chester have both received red cards this season, just two of the eight distributed this season.
Manchester City’s 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City earlier this season was only the second time he hosts failed to score at the Etihad Stadium.
Hull City to win: 6.5
Manchester City to win: 1.55
Manchester City thrashed Hull City 5-1 on Boxing Day at the Etihad Stadium to climb out of the bottom-three during the 2008-09 season.
Having picked up just 18 points from their opening 18 league games in the Premier League, first-half braces from Felipe Caicedo and Robinho had City in cruise control at the interval.
Craig Fagan pulled one back for the Tigers with ten minutes remaining, but Stephen Ireland fired in a fifth goal of the afternoon just moments later to restore the hosts four-goal cushion.
TV: Highlights on BBC 1 from 10.30pm on Saturday.