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Hull City vs Manchester City, 2016 Premier League: Team News, Preview, Predictions

Boxing Day action for a City team looking to start a winning streak

Manchester City v Arsenal  - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Merry Christmas, y'all! Hope you had a nice weekend with the family, friends, food and gifts. Now let's Premier League.

Our favorite football club returns to action on Monday, as Manchester City play their Boxing Day match at the KCOM Stadium against bottom of the table Hull City. On paper, this isn't supposed to be difficult, but it definitely will be.

Mike Phelan has done a very good job as Hull manager, and his men compete hard in every game, even though they can't really pick up too many points. The Tigers are not filled with talent, but they still try to play and cause problems, and they might be able to do that against Pep Guardiola and his men, especially playing in front of their home crowd, which is always rocking.

For the Sky Blues, this is a chance to start a winning streak at a vital moment. After successive home wins against Watford and Arsenal, the Citizens could make it three victories in a row ahead of the biggest game of the season, on Saturday against Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool, at Anfield. That game will be insane, and it's probably best to play it with a boost in confidence that an away victory on Boxing Day can give, combined with the two wins at the Etihad.

Hull are better than their record, City really need a win, and Liverpool are waiting. What a fun week this will be.


Date/Time: Monday, December 26th, 2016, 5:15pm BST (UK), 12:15pm ET, 9:15am PT (US), 10:45pm IST (India)

Venue: KCOM Stadium, Hull, England

Referee: Robert Madley

TV Listings: NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO (US), Sportsnet (Canada), Sky Sports 1 (UK), Star Sports Select HD1 (India), elsewhere

Online streaming: NBC Sports Live, NBC UNIVERSO NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (US), Sky GO (UK), elsewhere


TEAM NEWS

Man City: Guardiola's Boxing Day is a great one, since his first Christmas present in England is the return of his most important player. Fernandinho served a three-game suspension and is now available to return. The Brazilian will certainly come out on fire and looking to make up for lost time, and is ready to bring his energy, defending, passing and leadership back to the side.

Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph will never get healthy, Gundogan is out for the season, and Sergio Agüero serves the final game of his suspension and is getting ready for Anfield. Other than those four, no more absences and City have a pretty big squad available to face the Tigers.

Hull: Mike Phelan has a long list of absences through injury, but luckily for him, none of the missing players are really important, which means he can field his strongest side to face Pep's men. Phelan has used a back three/five for a while, and that defensive tactic will certainly be deployed again to face City's potent attack. In the very few phases of the game when Hull will be attacking, it's Robert Snodgrass and no one else. If the Scottish international can't provide good services or corners and free kicks, then Hull are probably not scoring.


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PREDICTION

One week of training, Christmas with family, not the toughest opponent. Everything points to a win, and it's coming. 3-0 to the visitors, onto Anfield.