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Manchester City take on Hull City at the Kingston Communications Stadium on Saturday as the Blues look to get back in the title race after a catastrophic week.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 12:45 pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD.


Hull City come into the game on the back of a 3-0 win over Sunderland in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and have booked their place in the semi-finals against Sheffield United.

Steve Bruce's men have won three of their last four games and will be looking to increase the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

However, their last league game was a humiliating 4-1 loss to Newcastle United and the manager will be looking to his team to bounce back.

A win here will be a major boost to their chances of surviving in the Premier League, and they will be marginally confident against a City side that finished their midweek Champions League game at the Camp Nou with 10 men.

Manchester City need to win this game to keep their hopes of winning the Premier League title alive. The Citizens are currently nine points behind Chelsea but with three games in hand. If City win all three games, they will go top of the table on goal difference.

However, it will be a difficult task for Manuel Pellegrini, whose team is currently at its lowest ebb of the season after crashing out of two competitions in a week.

The result that will worry the Citizens is their 2-1 loss to Wigan in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup when the players did not turn up until late in the game. A mistake by Martin Demichelis gave Wigan the lead from the spot, which they doubled early in the second half.

Their performance against a Championship side at home, where they have scored six goals past the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, does not bode well for their title hopes.

Tom Huddlestone
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What the Managers Say

Steve Bruce: "They haven't got the history of those great clubs, so that will take time. But when you see them play and you match them up, then absolutely, they're as good as any side. Once you get to the last 16 and quarter-finals, it's usually an incident that turns the game one way or the other. They're a fantastic team with wonderful footballers. Two months ago, they were unbeatable. You haven't got a given right to win anything, even if you're Manchester City. If you win a trophy, you've had a successful season."

Manuel Pellegrini: "Sergio will know on Saturday what he has. It is 48 hours after the exam when they will know exactly what he has. I really don't know, but I don't think it is really very serious. I am hopeful he will (only) be injured for a couple of weeks."

Form Guide

Hull City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W D
  • Last Result: Hull City 3-0 Sunderland

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L W W L
  • Last Result: Barcelona 2-1 Manchester City

Team News

Hull City

  • Injured: Robbie Brady(groin), Paul McShane(ankle)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A

Probable Line-Up: McGregor; Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Long, Jelavic.

Manchester City

  • Injured: Sergio Agüero (muscle), Stevan Jovetic (hamstring), Matija Nastasic (knee), Micah Richards (unspecified)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Javi Garcia; Nasri, Touré, Silva; Negredo.