Manchester City host Hull City in a crucial clash with both sides desperate for points at either end of the Premier League table.
These teams experienced contrasting fortunes in midweek as the Tigers climbed out of the bottom three with a home win against Middlesbrough, while Manchester City’s dreams of taking the title were all but extinguished by a 2-1 defeat against leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been beaten in just one of their 20 matches on home soil in all competitions this season and the men from Manchester can be backed at just 1/6 (1.17) to further extend that impressive record by taking all three points against the Tigers.
Silva’s charges have made great strides in recent weeks in their battle to beat the drop, but Hull’s wretched record on the road remains a significant obstacle as they scrap for survival. The Tigers have avoided defeat in just one of their last 13 away matches in all competitions, scoring just two goals in their last 11 league games on the road.
With that in mind, it is little wonder that bet365 offer a chunky 14/1 (15.0) that the underdogs claim a famous victory, while the same firm go 6/1 (7.0) that the match remains level at the end of 90 minutes – a selection that would have seen punters profit from both of Manchester City’s last two home matches.
Given Hull’s dreadful away record, the 4/5 (1.80) quote for Guardiola’s men to keep a clean sheet is likely to prove popular, while the 10/11 (1.91) quote offered up by the same firm for the hosts to win without conceding could offer decent value for punters.
Despite their dismal away record, Hull may draw some encouragement from City’s far from impressive defensive record in home fixtures. There have been goals at both ends in seven of the last eight matches that Guardiola’s side have contested at Etihad Stadium and bet365 offer even money (2.0) that the trend continues in this clash.
Manchester City’s firepower, though, is unquestionable; Guardiola’s men scored five goals in both of their last two home wins. Furthermore, the men from Manchester have notched at least two goals in all but one of their 27 wins so far this season.
There have been at least three goals scored in nine of the last 10 home wins that Manchester City have recorded in all competitions, with Guardiola’s men scoring more than two goals on no fewer than six of those occasions. bet365 go just 2/5 (1.40) that there are more than two goals scored, while the same firm offer 4/5 (1.80) that the hosts score on at least three occasions.
Silva’s side are fighting for Premier League survival, but the Tigers have a terrible record on the road and Guardiola’s men look to be well-placed to take full advantage; the 13/10 (2.30) quote, therefore, for Manchester City to win by at least three clear goals could offer decent value for punters.