The FourFourTwo Preview: Man City vs Hull
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
- Hull City 2-1 Man City (PL, Feb 10)
- Man City 1-1 Hull City (PL, Nov 09)
- Man City 5-1 Hull City (PL, Dec 08)
- Hull City 2-2 Man City (PL, Nov 08)
- Man City 4-1 Hull City (D2, Jan 89)
Manchester City will still be without skipper and defensive linchpin Vincent Kompany, with Stevan Jovetic and Micah Richards both said to be 'touch and go', which is an odd phrase when you think about it.
Hull have Amdy Faye and Stephen Quinn sidelined until mid September.
Key battle: Sergio Aguero v Curtis Davies
Let us shock you, Manuel Pellegrini and Steve Bruce have yet to pit their wits against one another. Although we all know which of the pair is likely to endure an unhappy afternoon on Saturday - and indeed, an unhappy season - the pressure is more firmly heaped on the Chilean at present.
Facts and figures
Manchester City have not lost successive Premier League games since October 30 2010.
Hull have won just seven points from a possible 75 in their last 25 Premier League away games (W0 D7 L18).
Hull City won the last meeting between these two teams in the Premier League (2-1 in Feb 2010).This remains their only victory over Man City in the Premier League (W1 D2 L1).
Hull City have not won back to back Premier League games since October 2008 (69 matches since) – the longest such run in the competition currently.
Edin Dzeko has attempted more shots than any other player in the Barclays Premier League so far this season (10).
Man City have scored in each of their last 51 home league matches – the longest current run of its kind.
Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce has won just four of the 17 clashes he has had with Manchester City in the Premier League as a manager. None of those wins have come away from home.
Watford (39) were the only team to win more points on the road in the Championship last season than Hull City (36).
In each of the last two seasons, Manchester City lost just once after taking the lead in the Premier League. They matched those figures with defeat to Cardiff last weekend - 2-3, after leading 1-0.
Hull striker Danny Graham has failed to score in 1,056 minutes of Premier League football.