Manchester City entertain Hull at the Etihad Stadium looking to bounce back after their shock defeat to Premier League new-boys Cardiff and Hull, buoyed by their 10-man victory over Norwich last weekend, will take inspiration from their fellow newly-promoted rivals.
City, who face something of a defensive crisis, have been boosted by the news that captain Vincent Kompany could return sooner than expected, but his recovery will come too late for the match against the Tigers. Matija Nastasic may also feature in the game after sitting out the defeat to Cardiff.
A second-string Hull side needed extra-time to see off League One Leyton Orient in the second round of the Capital One Cup in mid-week and their line-up against last season’s Premier League runners-up will see a host of familiar names return with new signings Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore looking to continue their fine start to life at the Tigers.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Hull 2 (Altidore, Boateng) Manchester City 1 (Adebayor), Premier League, February 2010
Manchester City 1 (Wright-Phillips) Hull 1 (Bullard), Premier League, November 2009
Manchester City 5 (Caicedo 2, Robinho 2, Ireland) Hull 1 (Fagan), Premier League, December 2008
City have averaged two goals per game against Hull.
Hull have only beaten City five times in their previous 21 meetings.
But, in their most recent two league fixtures against City in the 2009/10 season, Hull were unbeaten.
Manchester City to win: 1.15
Hull to win: 15
After scoring an equaliser from the penalty spot in their Premier League encounter in 2009, Hull’s Jimmy Bullard celebrated by giving his team-mates a mock dressing down on the pitch, parodying manager Phil Brown’s infamous actions earlier in the season.
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