Premier League: Hull vs Southampton match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the KC Stadium

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Hull City come into this game showing good strength, unbeaten in three with two of those being draws against teams that finished in the top four last season, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Steve Bruce will be pleased that summer signing Mohamed Diame has hit the ground running, the midfielder clocking four goals in six games.

They do face however a very in-form Southampton side, who have won six out of their last seven league games.

Ronald Koeman’s side will also be buoyant with their hard fought midweek League Cup win against Stoke. Despite being pegged back after having a 2-0 lead, they went onto to show a lot of guile by winning it in the 88 minute.

The South coast side are rampant so far in the Premier League and lie in second place, four points behind Chelsea. Graziano Pelle also looks a very good deal at £8m, scoring six goals in nine league games, he was unlucky to not add to this last weekend striking the woodwork twice.

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KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Hull 0 Southampton 1 (Fonte), Premier League, February 2014

Southampton 4 (Schneiderlin, Lambert, Lallana, Davis) Hull 1 (Sagbo), Premier League, November 2013

Hull 0 Southampton 2 (Hobbs, Hooiveld), Championship, March 2012

STATS…

Southampton have beaten Hull on the last four occasions.

The pair have notched 15 goals between them in the past five meetings.

Southampton have the best defence in the league conceding only five goals, four better than next placed Chelsea.

Hull are the only team in the Premier League who have an even goal difference of zero, scoring 13 and conceding 13.

Pelle has scored 65 goals in his last 79 games, in all competitions.

 

ODDS…

Hull to win: 3.7

Southampton to win: 2.05

Draw: 3.4

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

The last time Hull beat Southampton was in March 2008, in the Championship, winning 5-0 on the day. Hull had five different scorers – Campbell, Pederson, Turner, Marney, Hughes.

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.

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