Southampton can tame the Tigers again at St Mary’s
It was almost inevitable that Southampton wouldn’t last the pace in the race for a Champions League spot. The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are comfortable in and around the top four but being at the right end of the table is still something of a novelty for the Saints. However, they look to have an excellent chance of resuming winning ways against Hull City.
Southampton have won seven of their last eight fixtures against the Tigers, including the last five, and haven’t conceded a goal in their last two matches at St Mary’s. They are a hard team to score against at home having conceded only 10 goals on the south coast in 16 Premier League matches this season, though England goalkeeper Fraser Forster is going to miss the rest of the campaign through injury – Kelvin Davis will deputise again.
Ronald Koeman’s side lost by the odd goal at Everton on Monday but did create more chances than their hosts. But leading striker Graziano Pelle is in the midst of a barren spell in the league, though he did score for Italy against England a couple of weeks ago. Irishman Shane Long, a former Hull player, was given his chance at Goodison Park but didn’t really sparkle and Koeman is likely to recall both James Ward-Prowse and Sadio Mane against Hull, who are still deep in relegation trouble.
The Tigers are just conceding too many goals at present and their discipline is also letting them down – alongside fellow strugglers Aston Villa, they’ve picked up more red cards this season than any other side in the Premier League.
Hull have never won in the league at Southampton and are unlikely to fare any better this weekend. The Saints are 40/85 to pick up maximum points and keep alive their hopes of European football next season. We have priced them up at 4/6 to keep a clean sheet.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, April 11 at St Mary’s.