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Pep Guardiola is in his worst run as manager Getty Images

Manchester City host Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday, 8 April as the Citizens look to bounce back from their harrowing loss to Chelsea in mid-week.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC MOTD from 10.30pm BST.


Manchester City will be without the injured Bacary Sagna, but Pablo Zabaleta is back fit and is ready to resume services at right-back, having come on in the second half against Arsenal last weekend but was an unused substitute against Chelsea. Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus remain long-term absentees, though the Brazilian has been making progress by returning to light training.

City have gone through four league matches without a single win, their worst run since a similar sequence in January and February 2015. This is also their longest winless streak since they drew seven successive games from October to November 2009. Pep Guardiola has also suffered six league defeats in one season for the first time in his career as manager.

Hull's Abel Hernandez will play a part in the game after being passed fit despite being diagnosed with a dead leg in the midweek win over Middlesbrough. Harry Maguire will be unavailable with a knock along with Omar Elabdellaoui, who is still missing with a back injury, while Tom Huddlestone will complete a three-match suspension.

The Tigers have not won a single game in 14 away matches, taking only two points from a possible 42. However, they do have the fourth best record in the league since Marco Silva was appointed as Hull's manager in the beginning of January, with 17 points from 11 games. They have taken more points than the likes of Arsenal, City, Liverpool and Manchester United, emphasising the job done by Silva in that time.

What Managers Say

Pep Guardiola: "He is making an outstanding job. I like the way Hull play. They have players with a lot of talent and I admire the way they want to play. They are very offensive. [On Kompany and Delph] I am happy for both of them because they deserve to play. I am always happy when I can give minutes to players who haven't played too much. Their performance was outstanding. We have to evaluate it now with them, the physios. Of course, it's been a long time [since they played], especially Vincent. We cannot forget Fabian has had a lot of problems the last year here at Manchester City. When you are a long time without playing games and then you play at Stamford Bridge with this personality, it shows me a lot." (via Hull Daily Mail)

Marco Silva: "We need to start translating our home form to when we go away because in front of our own fans we are playing well and with a lot of confidence. We have come a long way since I arrived, but I keep stressing to the players that we have achieved nothing yet in our battle to be out of the bottom three at the end of the season." (via BBC)

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Manchester City win: 1/5
  • Draw: 13/2
  • Hull City win: 16

Team News

Manchester City

Possible XI: Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane; Aguero

Hull City

Possible XI: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Ranocchia, Dawson, Robertson; N'Diaye, Clucas, Markovic; Grosicki, Hernandez, Niasse