Manchester City vs Hull City preview

Game : Manchester City (18th-18 points) vs Hull City ( 6th-27 points)

Venue : City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England

Date : December 26, 2008 ( Boxing Day)

Competition : English Premier League

Kickoff : 15.00 GMT

Under fire Man City boss Mark Hughes will be hoping for a festive present from his players when the Citizens take on Hull City on Friday afternoon in a Boxing Day fixture.

After last week’s surprising loss to rock bottom West Bromwich Albion, City currently sit in the relegation zone, a position no body would have expected them to occupy at the beginning of the season. Yes, some of their recent losses have happened in stoppage time, but they desperately need to go out and get points on the pitch. Benjani, Daniel Sturridge and Darius Vassell are all expected to miss out, but Robinho is fit for this game.

Manchester City form last five games- all competitions

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Manchester City ( Own goal from Scott Carson)
Racing Santander 3-1 Man City ( Felipe Caicedo)
Man City 0-1 Everton
Fulham 1-1 Man City ( Benjani Mwaruwari)
Man City 0-0 PSG

Hull sit twelve places above the richest club in the Premier League, and will make their first trip ever to Eastlands this weekend. Phil Brown’s side have played very, very well in the league so far, and drew 2-2 with City when the two sides met at the KC Stadium in November. Sam Rickets got sent off against Sunderland, and hence will not feature in this game. Caleb Folan’s knee is still giving him trouble, and defender Andy Dawson is a fitness doubt for Hull.

Hull City- last five games- all competitions- Hull scorers in brackets

Hull City 1-4 Sunderland ( Nick Barmby)
Liverpool 2-2 Hull ( Paul McShane, own goal)
Hull 2-1 M’Boro ( Own goal, Marlon King)
Stoke 1-1 Hull ( Marlon King)
Portsmouth 2-2 Hull ( Michael Turner, Own goal)

Fancy Geovanni to score? The Brazilian salvaged a point for Hull the last time these two met, and is a likely candidate to score against his former club. He is at 3.750 to score any time during the game at 10bet.

Prediction- Manchester City 2-1 Hull City (Robinho, Ireland, Marlon King)

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