Manchester City will be looking to vent their Euro frustrations this weekend, but stubborn Hull are set to go down swinging at the KC.
Clear favourites for this lunchtime kick off, the 1/2-rated Citizens will find the going much tougher than their odds suggest, with Hull deserving a shorter price than 11/2.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men, however, will get the job done, but they’ll have to resort to some good old-fashioned pragmatism to do so, with an away and under 2.5 goals combination the way to go at a weighty 31/10.
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Here’s why they’re going to do it:
City’s early-season away-day blues are a thing of the past – they’ve won eight of their last 12 on the frog and toad.
It wasn’t their travelling incompetence, but misfiring frontmen and defensive gaffes that allowed Barcelona to get the better of the Citizens in midweek.
Sunderland were the last domestic host to shoot them down in early November, a feat no other British-based outfit has managed to replicate since.
Steve Bruce’s side tend to succumb against those residing in the upper echelons.
Of their 15 tussles with a side placed tenth or higher this term, Humberside’s finest have been slain 11 times, scoring just 13 and conceding 29, a rate just shy of two per game.
Bagging fewer than one per outing on average, this trend was reciprocated when the duo collided at the Etihad earlier in the campaign, which the sky blue clad club won 2-0.
Since City’s smiting by title-favourites Chelsea, the irrepressible flow of goals has dried up.
The gushing has devolved into a steady drip, with seven of their last eight outings yielding one goal at most.
Norwich are the only side outside of the top seven to have conceded fewer home goals than Hull and their mean defence won’t be allowing City to fill their boots here.