Manchester City host newly promoted Hull City at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, with Manuel Pellegrini's men eager to bounce back from a shock defeat to Cardiff City in their previous game. Hull, meanwhile, have had a reasonable start to their Premier League season, recovering from a not unexpected away defeat to Chelsea with narrow 1-0 wins over Norwich City and Leyton Orient (in a Capital One Cup tie).
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is scheduled for 12.45pm BST. Live coverage is on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD. Radio commentary is on BBC Radio 5 live.
City had goalkeeper Joe Hart to blame for a first league defeat of the season, at the Cardiff City Stadium. The England No 1 is no longer the top quality shot-stopper he was a couple of seasons ago and yet another high-profile error handed Malky Mackay a priceless home win over the 2011/12 English champions.
Fraizer Campbell scored a brace to give Cardiff the win after Aron Gunnarsson cancelled Edin Dzeko's opener for City. New signing Alvaro Negredo scored in injury time but it was too little too late for Pellegrini.
The Chilean's new employers could not have been very impressed with the performance, particularly since the Etihad club have spent close to £100m this summer. A strong reaction against the Tigers will be the minimum Pellegrini will want from his men, particularly since the club have been drawn in one of the toughest Champions League groups this season - with defending champions Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and FC Viktoria Plzen for company.
Meanwhile, Hull rebounded after a defeat to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The former Real Madrid boss got his second spell in west London off to an easy start with goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard sealing the win.
Steve Bruce, however, is no stranger to the Premier League and the former Wigan Athletic and Sunderland boss oversaw a 1-0 defeat of the Canaries in his second game in charge; Robert Brady scored from the penalty spot in that game. Hull have since also won against Leyton Orient in a cup tie, with Brady the hero again. Hull have a challenging run of fixtures in September, with the visit of Cardiff City (14 September) the highlight.
What the Managers Say
Manuel Pellegrini: "I don't need to learn with the defeat we had at Cardiff. I think with football, I know perfectly that it is very difficult in some moments at defensive set-pieces. It was a bad game for us in that way but I hope that we must improve in the next game. I repeat that in every league, it is a very important thing."
Steve Bruce (on signing Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner): "Everyone assumes (an interest in Bendtner) but the problem with Nic is can I afford him? He has a huge salary. I've been able to get him on loan at my last two clubs. I know the lad, he has terrific ability but it's difficult with the amount of money he earns at the minute."
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L L W
- Last Match: Cardiff City 3 - 2 Manchester City
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W L W L
- Last Match: Leyton Orient 0 - 1 Hull City
- Injured: Vincent Kompany (groin), Micah Richards (knee)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
- Probable Line-Up: Hart; Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy; Milner, Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Agüero, Silva
- Injured: Abdoulaye Faye (calf), Stephen Quinn (hamstring)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Yannick Sagbo
- Probable Line-Up: McGregor; Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Koren, Huddlestone, Livermore; Aluko, Brady; Graham
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