Manchester City v Hull City Predictions and Betting Tips
April 06, 2017
Saturday April 8 – Etihad Stadium – Premier League
Recent results have dented Manchester City’s hopes of second, so expect the frustration to be taken out on the away side. Hull have hit form under Marco Silva but if City find their feet, we could be looking at a cricket score.
Hull have never won away to Manchester City, and in fact have only ever beaten them once, a 2-1 victory in February 2010. The Sky Blues have scored 14 goals in their last five meetings with the Tigers, conceding only four in the process.
With Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Bacary Sagna ruled out, Manchester City are missing three important cogs from their usual first XI, but as only Sagna isn’t a long-term absentee, Pep Guardiola will have had plenty of time to adapt. A possible area for Hull to attack could be the right of City’s defence, where Jesus Navas has struggled as he’s filled in.
Hull are currently going through an injury crisis and will miss Moses Odubajo, Tom Huddlestone, Dieumerci Mbokani, Evandro, Ryan Mason, Omar Elabdellaoui and Will Keane in an extensive injury list, so expect youngsters to start with the few fit stars left.
Manchester City v Hull City Preview and Predictions
Manchester City are heavy favourites at 1/5 and rightly so. The mid-season troubles surrounding the club are long gone, and if it wasn’t for a difficult fixture list, they would likely have overtaken Tottenham in second a while ago. Hull are massive underdogs at 18/1, and although it seems hugely profitable, the Tigers would have little to no chance even without their extensive list of injuries.
Sergio Aguero’s strike rate against clubs in the top half may be laughable, but his habit of finding the net when facing lower table clubs could prove profitable here. The Argentine is at 12/5 to open the scoring and 8/15 to score anytime, while Paddy Power have him priced at 6/1 to hit a hat-trick. Guardiola doesn’t trust Kelechi Ihenacho, so Aguero is guaranteed to start.
As Manchester City press high and like to hold onto possession for as long as possible, Hull will have to settle for counter-attacking, even if it is against everything coach Marco Silva stands for. With the Tigers’ defensive line likely to be very deep, wingers Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling will have a tough time, so expect the hosts to primarily attack through the centre. Although utilising width is an important part of modern Premier League culture, the passing prowess of David Silva, De Bruyne and Toure should make midfield play just as effective.
Segio Aguero to score a hat-trick at 6/1
In what may seem like shockingly low odds for a hat-trick, it shows just how many of Aguero’s goals come against relegation candidates. The Argentine will be the focal point of the attack in a game where chances will be at a premium.
Manchester City to win by four or more goals
With Aguero on their side and the ongoing injury crisis at hull, Guardiola will be thinking of goal difference, considering their fight with Tottenham for second place will likely run until matchday 38. More than four goals seems most likely.