Two of the surprise teams of this year’s Premier League go head to head at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.
Hull have been a breath of fresh air on their return to the top flight and are, of course, the last remaining promoted club to still employ the manager who got them up. Steve Bruce’s men beat Sunderland in an impressive 2-0 away victory last time out.
The Saints too have had a great campaign thus far, playing an attacking brand of football littered with young English talent. Last time away from St Mary’s, Mauricio Pochettino’s side swept away Fulham 3-0 and will be hoping for more of the same against Hull.
English trio Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have scored 25 league goals between them for the Saints and they sit a comfortable nine points ahead of Swansea in the position below them. Hull on the other hand could do with a spell of wins to secure top flight football again next year.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm
Southampton 4 (Schneiderlin, Lambert, Lallana, Davis) Hull 1 (Sagbo), Premier League, November 2013
Hull 0, Southampton 2 (Hobbs (og), Hooiveld), Championship, March 2012
Southampton 2 (Do Prado, Lallana) Hull 1 (Koren), Championship, November 2011
Hull 5 (Campbell, Pederson, Turner, Marney, Hughes), Southampton 0, Championship, March 2008
Southampton 4 (Wright-Phillips, John (3)) Hull 0, Championship, December 2007
Only Arsenal (6) have conceded fewer times at home than Hull (9) in the PL this season.
Southampton have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 4 away from home.
Southampton are unbeaten in their last 5 games.
Hull haven’t won at home since December 28.
Southampton have scored 8 times in their last 3 away games.
Hull to win: 3.0
Southampton to win: 2.5
TV: Highlights Sky Sports 1 ‘Match Choice’ from 10.00pm, more highlights on BBC 1 on Wednesday at 10.35pm.