Can City beat the Drop?

It’s all come down to this. City have two games to save their Premier League skins. In true Hull City fashion they have made life hard for themselves. After holding the advantage over Swansea Marco Silva’s side lost 2-0 at home to already relegated Sunderland to hand the advantage to the Swans who beat Everton to climb out of the relegation zone before consolidating that with a win over Sunderland to pull 4 points clear of Hull. City now face two make or break games to decide their fate and on paper they don’t look easy.

Crystal Palace (A): This is now a must win game for Marco Silva’s side. Swansea did what City failed to do and beat Sunderland on Saturday so only a win will keep City alive until the final day. Anything other than a win will signal Hull’s return to the Championship with one game to spare. City’s away form has been awful which makes this a daunting task against a Palace side who need a win to finally confirm their safety in the Premier League. It will be a tough ask but City have to back themselves and go for it otherwise they may end the weekend back in the Championship. Form books can sometimes go out the window in this type of game and Marco Silva will be launching his side’s away form book out of the coach window on the way to Selhurst Park! If they can upset the odds it all goes down the final day…

Tottenham Hotspur (H): Should City take the relegation battle to the last day they will be faced with a home game against Spurs to clinch survival. On paper this looks like another daunting game as Tottenham are the only team who have come anywhere near challenging Champions Elect Chelsea. They are a fantastic young side with bundles of attacking flair. The one advantage for City is though it is almost certain Chelsea will have sealed the title by then which means Spurs will have nothing to play for. They will want to end their season on a high but they won’t want it as much as City will. Anyhting can happen on the last day and City will have to play to their best under extreme pressure to get the win they will need to survive.

If they do stay up it will be a truly remarkable achievement. They have faced so much adversity this season and Marco Silva has done a remarkable job. The next task will therefore be to keep hold of their star young manager which will be easier said than done.

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