Hull City vs Manchester City 03/15/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Hull City (8-6-14) Manchester City (18-3-5)
Saturday 15th March 2014 12:45 (GMT)
The Line: Hull City 5/1 Draw 3/1 Manchester City 4/7 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt SPort 1
Two teams coming into this game in very different mindsets, Hull CIty just won a quarter final of the FA Cup to reach the semi final of the cup for the first time in years while Manchester City just got knocked out of both the FA Cup and the European Cup in the space of three days.
Hull have been doing well under Steve Bruce, their home form in particular this season has been impressive although there have been some slips of late with both Southampton and Newcastle winning at the KC Stadium. Bruce's January shopping was good business bringing in Shane Long and Nika Jelavich. Hull will definitely be up for this game against Manchester City and I'm sure Steve Bruce will want his team to pack the midfield and hit City on the break I guess the question will be whether Manchester City are suffering from a European Hangover?
Manchester City come back from the Nou Camp out of the European Cup with 3 games in hand in the league and chasing leaders Chelsea. City were unlucky to exit as tamely as they did with a couple of refereeing decisions going against them in both legs. I think that Manuel Pelligrini will start Negredo and Dzeko as Hull are a more physically robust team and this game may just suit City's bigger strikers more than Aguero. With so many stars in the side its imperative that City get the right team on the field tomorrow for a must win game.
Tough game to handicap trying to assess whether City will come out with all guns blazing or whether they will be a little flat. My bet is that it takes City a while to get into their stride here at a tough ground. I'm backing Hull to stay in contention in this one for an hour or more and i am takng Hull +1 in the first half. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo