Hart undoubtedly gets the nod for this one, even if Caballero did start in the reverse fixture at the KC Stadium. Hart didn’t have much to do against Chelsea, so more of the same against Chelsea shouldn’t do him any harm.
The Argentine is widely recognised as the club’s first choice right-back nowadays, despite some very impressive displays from Sagna, most recently against Chelsea last week. However, Zabaleta’s attacking influence will be huge for this home game, therefore meaning he displaces Sagna in the side.
The Skipper has had a torrid time of late, but he was close to reaching his usual level in last week’s clash at Stamford Bridge. Hopefully he kicks on and delivers an assured performance in this outing.
Demichelis has emerged as a vital part of Manuel Pellegrini’s City machine, and it is only right that he edges out Mangala for the visit of Hull, especially when you consider the difficulties Mangala had in the KC Stadium back in September.
Clichy is my pick at left-back, which is largely down to his hugely improved performances of late. He was faultless at Stamford Bridge and currently, is the preference over Kolarov.
A fairly obvious choice. The Brazilian has had a nightmare few weeks but he improved dramatically against Chelsea. Should give Fernandinho licence to affect the game more.
Fernandinho was utterly outstanding last week, really stepping up to the plate in the absence of Yaya Toure. His energy, work-rate and confidence on the ball was there for all to see. A straightforward pick.
Often gets a lot of stick, but to his credit, the Spaniard produced a commendable display last week, giving Azplicueta a very difficult time. Though Milner also performed admirably, I would opt for Navas purely because of the natural width. If his end product is below bar again, Milner is a perfect replacement from the bench.
City’s no.21 came up with the all-important leveller last week, but it would be fair to say it was not his most complete performance. That said, his wizardry cannot be matched on his day and thus he is chosen in the no.10 role.
A timely return for the Frenchman, who has cemented his place as a key part of City’s side. Not only does he bring creation and invention, he recycles possession so well and does not rush in the final third. Glad to have him back for this one.
To be fair, Kurt Zouma stifled Aguero quite well in last week’s big fixture but Aguero’s general play was pretty good. Some of his performances as a lone frontman this season have been unbelievable and long may that continue in this fixture. His movement will be key in breaking down a Hull side, who I anticipate will make a point of leaving little space.
Here’s the team in full: