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Manuel Pellegrini's men will be hoping to find respite in Humberside but our tipster is expecting the home side to prove problematic to overcome

After a particularly disappointing week, Manchester City will be aiming to maintain their bid for the Premier League title when they travel to KC Stadium to take on Hull City on Saturday afternoon.

The Citizens crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Championship side Wigan Athletic last Sunday before seeing their Champions League dreams crushed at Camp Nou by Barcelona on Wednesday night.

The Tigers, by contrast, come into this weekend’s clash on a high after a thumping 3-0 victory over Sunderland secured their place in the last four of the FA Cup.

Nevertheless, it is Manuel Pellegrini’s side who are warm favourites to claim maximum points from Saturday’s clash, with Paddy Power offering just 8/15 (1.53) for an away win this weekend.

Hull can be backed at a chunky 5/1 (6.0) with the same firm, while Paddy Power offer an appealing 16/5 (4.20) on both sides being forced to settle for a share of the spoils in Humberside.

Steve Bruce’s side have been patchy at best on home turf this season but are sure to be in buoyant mood this weekend after their victory over the Black Cats, while City may suffer something of a Champions League hangover after a gruelling midweek tie in Spain.

Furthermore, the visitors look set to be without Argentine striker Sergio Aguero for their trip to KC Stadium. City, of course, have several games in hand over leaders Chelsea, but unless they secure wins in all of those, they will lose ground on Jose Mourinho's men.

Hull recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool on home soil earlier this season and, should the Citizens turn in a sluggish performance, Bruce’s boys are more than capable of punishing them.

The Tigers can be backed at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power in the double chance market and it is a price that certainly carries appeal.

However, with Hull likely to come out of the traps quickly this weekend, better value may lie in taking a chance on Paddy Power’s generous 15/8 (2.88) quote for the Tigers to open the scoring.

Hull scored first during that famous 3-1 triumph over Liverpool earlier in the season, while the Tigers also raced into a 2-0 lead against Manchester United before eventually losing 3-2, so they are not afraid to attack when faced with the big names.

With a passionate home crowd behind them, Hull could make another fast start this weekend and, thus, punters are advised to snap up the 15/8 (2.88) on offer from Paddy Power for the Tigers to score first.

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