City will be hoping to keep their bid for a place in the top four firmly on track as they take on relegation threatened Hull at the KC Stadium.
The blues dispatched bottom club Portsmouth last Sunday with ease to keep the pressure on Liverpool and Spurs and should be confident of picking up maximum points on Saturday against a Hull side that lie just above Burnley and Portsmouth in the Premier League’s bottom three.
The Tigers though, will be buoyed from their midweek draw at home to Chelsea and they themselves will be confident they can come away from the game with a decent result against City, who are searching for their first win at Hull for 100 years.
City could finally give a debut to Patrick Vieira while Adam Johnson is also waiting to make his first appearance in a blue shirt following his transfer from Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day. Wayne Bridge may make his first appearance since December while Joleon Lescott, who suffered injury a week after Bridge. Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany both look likely to miss the game through injury.
Hull boss Phil Brown has plenty of options for City’s visit and has no new injury worries ahead of the game. Defender Paul McShane has recovered from a gash to his eye during the Chelsea game and should feature and teenager Tom Cairney, who was impressive against Chelsea could keep Seyi Olofinjana out of the team after the 29-year-old returned after playing in the African Cup of Nations for Nigeria.
Brown will also have to decide whether to stick with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Jozy Altidore in attack or give January signing Amr Zaki his first Hull start after making two substitute appearances.
Danger man: Stephen Hunt
The midfielder is Hull’s leading league goal scorer with 6 goals this season
Over The Blue Moon Prediction:
Hull 1-2 City
A tough game is in store but the blues should maintain their charge for fourth place.
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