After a rocky streak of form early in December, Manchester City rebounded in style with a 2-1 comeback win against Arsenal at the Etihad last week. Now, a Boxing Day matchup at KCOM Stadium will see City play Hull City, who have earned only one point from their last four matches and sit in last place on the table.
With Sergio Agüero sitting out for the last of his four-game suspension, the rest of the attack should be fully bolstered with all weapons, including Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Here’s a look at some players who could make an impact on this game.
Hull’s main center back, Davies has started in every single Premier League game for the Tigers. Although he is 31 years old, he manages to hold Hull’s back line together as much as possible.
The Hull defense will often be vulnerable to the City attack, but Davies is Hull’s best hope to stop plenty of impending chances.
Raheem The Dream is back, but as a striker? Sterling proved his attacking prowess with a superb near post finish in the 70th minute against Arsenal to put City up 2-1, but he missed plenty of chances in the first half. He most notably pushed a header wide in the sixth minute right after Theo Walcott scored the opening goal.
While fans are using to seeing Sterling in a winger role, Agüero’s suspension caused Pep Guardiola to push wingers up top after Kelechi Iheanacho did not impress in his return to the starting 11. Sterling must consistently be involved in the attack and put away chances.
Hull’s top goal scorer, the Scottish midfielder has the attacking skills that the Hull attack desperately needs. With Abel Hernández injured, Hull strikers such as Dieumerci Mbokani and Adama Diomandé have not proven deadly, leaving Snodgrass alone to head the attack.
Snodgrass’ breakout year has not exactly boosted Hull to the top, however, as they sit in prime relegation zone. In a matchup that seems terrible for Hull on paper, City haven’t held too many clean sheets, so a goal created by Snodgrass doesn’t seem too unlikely.
Finally, the Brazilian man is back too! After serving a three-game ban for violent conduct in that infamous loss to Chelsea, Fernandinho is set to return to the starting lineup against Hull.
While City won their last two games, Fernandinho’s absence was quite obvious, especially during the 4-2 loss against Leicester City. He is the glue which holds together City’s midfield, and his return comes at the perfect time with the loss of Ilkay Gundogan. Look for Fernandinho’s talent to shine through and defend the backline from plenty of exposure.