PREVIEW: City vs Hull City

Saturday 31st August 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 12.45

Tickets: Tickets are still available to purchase online, by calling 0161 444 1894 or visiting the ticket office. Adult tickets are available from £38.00

Last Season: n/a

Match Officials: Referee: Phil Dowd. Assistants: D Cann, P Kirkup. Fourth Official: M Atkinson.

Team News:

CITY – Vincent Kompany (groin) will again be on the sidelines this weekend and Micah Richards (knee) is also unavailable. However, Matija Nastasic could be in line for his first appearance of the campaign against Hull after injuring his ankle in pre-season.

City (from):  Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Lescott, Nastasic, Zabaleta, Barry, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Razak, Rodwell, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti, Jovetic, Negredo.

HULL – Midfielder Stephen Quinn, who has missed both of Hull’s first two games with a hamstring problem, will again be absent. Meanwhile, Yannick Sagbo begins his three-game suspension after receiving a straight red card in last week’s win over Norwich.

Hull City (from): Harper, Jakupovic, McGregor, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Dudgeon, Faye, Figueroa, McShane, Rosenior, Brady, Boyd, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Meyler, Aluko, Fryatt, Graham, Proschwitz.

Stats:

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Despite a revival in his fortunes thanks to the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini, Edin Dzeko will have to find greater levels of accuracy if he wishes to remain in favour with his new boss. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the big centre-forward leads the league for attempts on goal (10), but only 16.7% of these have been on target.

David Silva became the fourth player to surpass the 100 pass barrier for completed passes in the opponent’s half last weekend, suggesting a return to form for the diminutive Spanish midfielder. Perhaps even more crucially, these have come at a rate of 1.7 minutes on the field per pass, the lowest of any player in the league who has completed more than 60 passes.

Silva also currently stands as City’s sharpest shooter in front of goal this season, with 75% of his 4 attempts on goal testing the keeper.

Gael Clichy looks to be continuing where he left off last season as one of City’s most exemplary defenders, leading the squad on a tackle success rate of 77.8% as well as defensive contributions (16).

Robbie Brady is evidently going to be a central figure for Hull this season. The young Irishman leads the squad for attacking contributions by a distance (29) and has also completed a pass in the opponent’s half on average once every 5.48 minutes he’s been on the field.

Yannick Sagbo’s sending off could have easily cost his side all three points last weekend and he will have been extremely relieved to see his side escape the match with all three points. His defensive discipline certainly needs to improve though as, despite being yet to win a tackle this season, he’s already given away three fouls.

Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Elmohamaday’s reading of the game continued to be in excellent form against Norwich. Elmohamady has so far racked up 10 interceptions this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, 5 of which came last weekend representing the joint second highest total of any player in the league last weekend.

Maynor Figueroa looks to have been a very smart summer acquisition by SteveBruce, especially when you consider the experience and work rate he brings to the table. Tellingly, Figueroa also already leads the Hull squad for tackles successfully completed, having come out on top in 71.4% of his 9 challenges so far this season.

Stats courtesy of Stat City

City have not lost consecutive games in the Premier League since October 2010, 105 games ago.

Steve Bruce has never tasted victory at the Etihad (D2, L8) and has only seen his sides score 4 times in total.

Hull have won just seven points from a possible 75 in their last 25 Premier League away games (W0, D7, L18), whereas City have only lost 2 of their last 49 home Premier League fixtures.

Press Conference:

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that Vincent Kompany is still out injured but that Matija Nastasic is ready to play.

Watch the press conference in the below video:

Halcyon Digest:

A look back at when City beat Hull 5-1 and Phil Brown did his half time team talk on the pitch. Click here for more.

Fixtures:

Kick off is 15.00 unless stated

Saturday

Cardiff v Everton

Newcastle v Fulham

Norwich v Southampton

West Ham v Stoke

Crystal Palace v Sunderland 17:30

Sunday

Liverpool v Man Utd 13:30

West Brom v Swansea 13:30

Arsenal v Tottenham16:00

Written and compiled by Robert Toole

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