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Hull City vs Manchester City, 2016 Premier League: Predicted Lineup

City will look to continue their winning ways as they visit Hull on Boxing Day.

Manchester City v Arsenal  - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City will be buoyed by the return of one of their suspended stars. Midfielder Fernandinho will be available for selection again following his red card against Chelsea, while striker Sergio Agüero will be serving the final game of his suspension. While no game in the Premier League is easy, away to Hull City should be a three-point trip for the Citizens.

With the holiday season fixture congestion in full swing it’ll be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola reacts, especially considering this is his first time encountering this issue. With an immense game on New Year's Eve against Liverpool, Guardiola may elect to give some key players a bit of a rest. Conversely, Pep could opt for sticking with his strong guns and allowing them to continue their fine form which they will hopefully carry onto Anfield on Saturday.

Below are the eleven players I believe Pep will select in his starting XI against Hull. We should see the same formation Pep used against Arsenal, the 4-3-3. This is most likely Pep’s favored formation and with the form of Raheem Sterling and now Leroy Sané, he can finally use it to its fullest potential.


Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo

Bravo’s replacement isn't on the Man City roster at the moment so until someone is brought it expect to see the Chilean’s name on the above line.

Defenders: Bacary Sagna. Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gaël Clichy

The defense was the hardest part of the starting XI to select. John Stones might find his way into this game, but I believe Pep will want the same back four that played well in the last two wins. The only change is probably Sagna, in for the injured Pablo Zabaleta, won't be risked against Hull even if he wants to play.

Midfield: Yaya Touré, Fernandinho, David Silva

The return of Fernandinho should do wonders for City’s midfield, even though Fernando played very well against Arsenal. Dinho and Touré can both play further back and push the attack when asked and both of them should allow David Silva to literally pop up anywhere on the field, hopefully being his usual creative self.

Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané

While Sergio Agüero is an obvious miss, I actually believe without the striker Pep can use Kevin De Bruyne where he really wants to play the Belgian, as far forward as possible and playing off two very talented and fast wingers. Given Sané and Sterling can both play either right or left, expect the two youngsters to switch often. This is the same attack that brought City back against Arsenal and they should be able to roast the Hull defense as well.

Formation


Do you agree with our predicted lineup? What would be your favorite formation? Comment below!