Manchester City Team News: Injuries, suspensions & starting line-up against Hull City

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday

Manchester City head into their home game against Hull City on Saturday having won just one of their last six matches in all competitions.

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Pep Guardiola feels his side have deserved more from some of those games but the Blues are just four points clear of Arsenal and Manchester United, who both have a game in hand.

City have also had some difficulty in breaking down the opposition at home, but while Marco Silva’s side are fighting bravely against the threat of relegation, their away record is poor.


MAN CITY INJURIES


Bacary Sagna will miss at least another fortnight, while Gabriel Jesus is still a few weeks away from full fitness and Ilkay Gundogan is out for the season.

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MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS


City have no suspensions to worry about, though Tom Huddlestone is banned for the visitors. 

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MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


After Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph made shock returns to the starting line-up on Wednesday it is anybody’s guess how City could line up on Saturday.

Pep still searching for answers

Kompany has often played in back-to-back games whenever fitness has allowed this season, suggesting he could start yet again. However, Guardiola may pick Aleksandar Kolarov, who is better on the ball, as City will have more of the ball and will need to build up from the back.

Guardiola appears to favour Jesus Navas at right-back rather than Fernandinho, although Pablo Zabaleta is also an option. Gael Clichy seems to have the left-back spot nailed down despite his poor form.

Fernandinho and Yaya Toure will contest the deepest midfield role, with the former likeliest to get the nod.

Delph is unlikely to start, given he was deployed to fill spaces that Chelsea usually exploit. At home, City are more likely to field their first choice forwards, with Raheem Sterling back in for Delph. 

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HULL CITY TEAM NEWS


Harry Maguire and Abel Hernandez are injury doubts after being withdrawn in the Tigers’ midweek win over Middlesbrough. Omar Elabdellaoui has sat out the last two games and could also miss out at the Etihad, while Dieumerci Mbokani has been out with a hamstring injury since the end of March.

Hazard the PL’s most important player

Moses Odubajo, Ryan Mason and Will Keane are long-term absentees, while Tom Huddlestone is banned.

Marco Silva has helped Hull pull out of the relegation zone since he was appointed manager in January, but although he has improved the Tigers’ home form, they have lost all but one of their away games.

Indeed, the last time they won away from home in the league was at Stoke on September 21.

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BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester City have been beaten just once in nine previous Premier League games against Hull City, a 1-2 loss in February 2010 (W5 D3).

  • Hull City’s last win in any competition away at Manchester City was in the FA Cup in February 1930, drawing three and losing seven since then.

  • The Tigers have scored just two goals in their last 11 Premier League away games, despite attempting 114 shots (41 on target).

  • Manchester City have lost only one of their last 17 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (W9 D7 L1), with that defeat coming at the hands of league leaders Chelsea in December.

  • Since Marco Silva was appointed Hull manager on January 5 th , the Tigers have won 17 points in the Premier League – only Chelsea (23), Spurs (23) and Everton (21) have won more in this period.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The game kicks off at 15:00 UK time on Saturday April 8, and is not available on television in the UK.

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