Man City v Hull Betting Predictions | Back a Home Win at 12/1 with SkybetPublished April 6, 2017
Marco Silva’s impact on Hull puts every argument about having money to spend and backing from board level to shame. There was a considerable amount of business done in January, but not without losing both Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore. You’re in luck with a variety of Premier League betting offers by bookmakers to make the best out of your experience, like this Skybet free bet.
But we still think it will be a very comfortable afternoon for Pep Guardiola’s City at the Etihad Stadium.
Silva has not lost a home game anywhere he’s been since 2014, and making the KCOM Stadium a fortress has been the bedrock of his success. The Tigers are now out of the bottom three, but are still suffering on their travels, winning just once all season. They have performed admirably against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, and even earned a point at Manchester United, but a hefty 4-0 loss at Everton in their last outing, not to mention conceding three at Leicester, suggests they will struggle to contain City.
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But the home side have only kept three clean sheets at the Etihad all season. With Hull’s tendency to hit teams on the counter attack and grow into games, they cannot be underestimated, but Silva may well change the system. He has played 4-4-2 over the past week, yielding victories over West Ham and Middlesbrough, but leaving any space in the midfield for City’s attack will be suicidal.
Guardiola is likely to change his own system too. Against Chelsea, he uncharacteristically played two at the base of midfield, sacrificing Raheem Sterling in attack. Reverting to his 4-1-4-1 formation will force Hull into defensive mode, and the movement of De Bruyne and Silva will give the home side the best chance of outnumbering Hull in the centre of the pitch.
It will be Silva’s idea to play a low block in defence and midfield, but they cannot afford to avoid pressurising the ball. Attempting to restrict City to playing in front of them will not end well, because of the aforementioned numbers in midfield, so the defence must try and push up and win the ball, while keeping an eye on Sergio Aguero in attack.
But it will be incredibly tough to do this, not least for 90 minutes. Aguero is a master in tight spaces and is almost impossible to mark when on form. There us definite value in backing him to score first in a comprehensive home win.