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Manchester City vs. Hull City, 2017 Premier League: Team News, Preview, Predictions

City now focus on the Top-4, and a win against Hull is a big step to a Champions League place

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Hull City v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

The loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge effectively ended Manchester City's small title chances. The Citizens trail the leaders by 14 points with eight matches to go, and it's virtually impossible to turn around such a big gap. It seems like Tottenham Hotspur are the team to try and catch Chelsea, so City have to focus on a top-four finish.

Pep Guardiola never missed out on the Champions League in his career, so he'll look to keep that streak alive on his debut season in England. The results haven't been as amazing as expected, but City can still win the FA Cup title and have put together some great performances this season. The team has clearly made progress under Pep, it's undeniable.

The final eight Premier League matches will serve to secure a top-four finish, as well as giving the entire squad a chance to play and prove their worth to the manager. Many players run out of contract and others could also be sold in the summer, so a lot of Citizens will be playing for their future at the end of the season. Guardiola will look to develop his style of playing even more, and finish his first campaign with a clear idea of how far his team can go in the future.

Beating Hull won't be easy as the Tigers have made great improvement under new manager Marco Silva and have been a tough match-up for every team in the last few months, so the Sky Blues have to play well to win and begin to cement their place in Europe.


Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 3pm BST (UK), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 7:30pm IST (India)

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Television: Not Televised (UK), NBCSN (USA), SuperSport 5 (Africa), TSN2 (Canada), Star Sports Select HD2 (India), elsewhere

Online streaming: NBC Sports Live (USA), TSN GO (Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial + monthly subscription, click here to sign up), elsewhere

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)


TEAM NEWS

Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference that there are no injury concerns other than long-term absentees Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Bacary Sagna, so he has a big squad to choose from. We should expect some rotation from the team that lost but played quite well at Chelsea, which could include the return of Pablo Zabaleta to the lineup.

Raheem Sterling is also in contention for a start after coming off the bench at the Bridge, and the Englishman will certainly be looking to play a great game and enjoy his start with a lot of pace, dribbling and maybe goals.

City's defense must be in alert against a quite potent Hull attack who has scored a lot in recent weeks, especially through striker Oumar Niasse, and with Vincent Kompany finally healthy and ready to play a few games in a row, we could be looking at a strong back line for the first time all season.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

ManCity: Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Touré, Delph; Sterling, Silva, Sané; Agüero

Hull: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Rannochia, Dawson, Robertson; N'Diaye, Clucas; Markovic, Evandro, Grosicki; Niasse


PREDICTION

Back on track in a big way: 3-0 City. Maybe an Agüero hat-trick.