Federation Internationale de Football Association 17 Predicts: Hull City v Manchester City

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However, despite Hull's dominance and hiting the post on three occassions, Mark Noble's penalty was enough for the Hammers to win consecutive home league games and inflict a demorilising loss on Mike Phelan's men.

DF John Stones, NR - The centre-back did little wrong during his short appearance, but there was nothing of note before he went off injured after 17 minutes.

"I thought to take on City the way we did was the right thing to do and there was a bit of anguish and frustration from their dugout at times, but that first goal was massive".

The unstoppable spot kick, awarded after Andy Robertson's blatant and brainless 72nd minute trip on Raheem Sterling, killed off plucky Hull and kept City in touch with Chelsea.

FW Kelechi Iheanacho, 6 - After replacing Nolito on 57 minutes, Iheanacho couldn't seem to get into the game.

Curties Davies turned into his own net just before half-time, and Manchester City moved into second place.

City tried to make the breakthrough before half-time but, with Sergio Aguero still suspended, they lacked their normal lethal touch in front of goal. Against Guardiola's Man City, well, let's not hope much from them. They won today, but they need a real alternative for the rest of the season. Give him a striker to play with and he would be lethal.

Sub Keklechi Iheanacho doubled City's advantage five minutes later after a counter-attack started by Kevin De Bruyne. Only De Bruyne, with a low shot against the post, had come close to breaking the deadlock before Toure's penalty. Its on target, but Marshall jogs over to tip it away for a corner on the left.

Hull City vs Manchester City is set to kick off at 10:45 pm IST [5:15 pm GMT, 12:15 pm EST] on December 26.

53' - DE BRUYNE SHOT - Dawson slides in to block De Bruyne's cross. The winger cut into the box, just like he did against Arsenal, and forced Andrew Robertson to stop him with a penalty.

Still, even by then the game appeared likely to boil down to an issue of whether Hull could maintain their terrific work-rate and whether the visitors could conjure up the necessary quality in and around the home side's area.

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