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  • March 15, 2014
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  • • Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
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Premier League Preview: Hull City - Manchester City

Premier League Preview: Hull City - Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini's men could be without Sergio Aguero yet again but may recall center back Martin Demichelis for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Manchester City returns to Premier League action at Hull City in need of three points to keep its title challenge on course.

In three weeks since Yaya Toure scored the only goal to secure a 1-0 win over Stoke City, Manuel Pellegrini's side has claimed Capital One Cup glory against Sunderland but has been less impressive elsewhere.

Last weekend's shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic at the Etihad Stadium preceded a more predictable reverse by the same scoreline at Camp Nou, as Barcelona ended City's Champions League campaign by a 4-1 aggregate margin in the round of 16.

That leaves only the Premier League on the table for a team that was boldly chasing an unprecedented quadruple a week ago.

City's fate remains in its own hands, although its absence from league action has seen it slip to fourth place, nine points behind leader Chelsea with three games in hand, meaning the club has little remaining room for error.

An upturn in form is therefore required. Having extended its unbeaten run in all competitions to 20 matches with a swashbuckling 5-1 win over Tottenham at the end of January, City has won three and lost four of the past eight.

During the aforementioned purple patch the club burst through the 100-goal barrier in record time versus Cardiff City, but there have been just eight goals since the White Hart Lane win, with Pellegrini's previously prolific attack blunted on three occasions.

Fitness concerns surrounding Sergio Aguero have been a significant factor and City could once again be without the talismanic Argentine, whose troublesome hamstring flared up against Barcelona on Wednesday to force a halftime withdrawal.

Aguero's compatriot Martin Demichelis might have the chance to put an error-strewn few weeks behind him as the experienced center back is available once more following his Champions League suspension.

"Up to last weekend, we were the only team chasing four trophies, which is not easy to do," assistant manager Ruben Cousillas told reporters in the wake of the Barcelona loss. "We are out of two, but have won the Capital One Cup and are still very much alive in the Premier League. The team is recovering and have been through some low times, but we are alive and we will fight for the title."

Hull comes into the contest buoyed by a comprehensive 3-0 win over Sunderland that booked an FA Cup semifinal encounter against League One side Sheffield United.

Goals from Curtis Davies, David Meyler and Matty Fryatt during a rampant second-half period made it three wins in the last four matches for Steve Bruce’s men, although they will look to atone for a 4-1 home loss against Newcastle United in their last league outing.

Preparing to face a Manchester City side that has won five and drawn two of its last seven Premier League away matches, Hull is five points clear of third-bottom Cardiff City while having played one game less.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Hull City

Manchester City

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Draw
Manchester City FC MNC
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