- Citizens sit seven points off top of PL
- Sergio Aguero is fourth in PL in goals (10)
- Hull winless in last six matches
The Tigers have gone winless in six straight matches in the PL, making a victory crucial at the KCOM Stadium against the Citizens.
Life at the bottom isn’t easy, and Mike Phelan‘s side has learned that very quickly after its hot start to open the PL calendar. The Tigers have conceded the most goals in England’s top flight (38), while only finding the back of the net 14 times in 17 matches.
Meanwhile, City has title aspirations under first-year manager Pep Guardiola despite a rough spell of injuries the club has been forced to battle. Ilkay Gundogan will continue to miss time, while Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta are among the other absentees for the Manchester club.
What they’re saying
Guardiola on Boxing Day tradition: “I spoke to David Silva, with some players, and they gave me good advice about what it means to play on Boxing Day at Hull City. What I learn in my short time here is the gap between the first ten teams and last ten is not that big. Other people said before I came here how complicated all the games are, so I am not expecting easy games.”
Mike Phelan on extending several players’ contracts ahead of Boxing Day: “What we’ve done with not just Robert, with a few of the players here, we’ve exercised the options that are in their contracts. We are ongoing in negotiations with those players and at this moment in time all those players are registered with this football club. That we hope to change. We hope to get them on the deals they deserve and we’ll keep working on it.”
The Tigers have fallen far from where they were at the beginning of the season, and their test on Monday doesn’t bode well for Mike Phelan’s side. City has battled its share of injuries but they still boast the far superior side and need the victory to stay in the title race as the new year approaches. Hull City 1-3 Manchester CityFollow @MattReedFutbol