Match Preview: Hull City vs Saints

By SFC Media Sat 05 Nov Hull vs Saints

We get you set for Southampton's trip to Hull City, in the Premier League, with our comprehensive match preview.

What’s at stake?

For Hull, this is yet another chance to end a dreadful run that has seen them pick up just one point from their last eight Premier League matches.

That actually followed victories in their opening two games of the campaign, but that will seem like some time ago now for the Humberside club, who are currently third from bottom in the table.

When it comes to Saints, they will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, which ended a run of five top-flight matches without defeat.

Claude Puel’s side have, of course, earned a famous win since then, beating Internazionale 2-1 on Thursday night, meaning they should be in buoyant mood as they head north.

Saints start the weekend in ninth position, and could climb as high as seventh if they take three points.

Team news


Hull: Mike Phelan is hoping that Dieumerci Mbokani and top-scorer Robert Snodgrass will both be fit to be among the squad for the match, although neither seems likely to start, with Mbokani having missed a month with a hamstring injury, while Snodgrass has been out for a fortnight with ankle ligament damage. Allan McGregor, Andy Robertson, Alex Bruce, Moses Odubajo, Greg Luer and Brian Lenihan all remain sidelined, while Adama Diomandé is banned.

Southampton: Puel has no fresh injury concerns following the clash with Inter. However, none of his already-sidelined players will be fit to return for this game. That means the likes of Cédric, Shane Long, Matt Targett, Harrison Reed, Jake Hesketh, Florin Gardos and long-term absentee Jérémy Pied remain out.

Form guide

Hull City’s last five:

Watford (a) L 0-1
Bristol City (a) W 2-1 (EFL Cup)
Stoke City (h) L 0-2
Bournemouth (a) L 1-6
Chelsea (h) L 0-2

Southampton’s last five:

Internazionale (h) W 2-1 (Europa League)
Chelsea (h) L 0-2
Sunderland (h) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Manchester City (a) D 1-1
Internazionale (a) L 0-1 (Europa League)

Top performers

Midfielder Robert Snodgrass leads the way in the scoring charts for Hull, but his tally was accrued in a blistering start to the season, with his last goal coming back in mid-September, while he is also a major injury doubt this weekend. Striker Adama Diomandé has three goals, but only one of those was in the Premier League – at home to Leicester, on the opening day of the season – and he is banned for this one anyway. Striker Abel Hernández has only one goal this season, but is probably still seen as the Tigers’ most notable threat.

Top scorers: Robert Snodgrass (4), Adama Diomandé (3)
Most assists: Shaun Maloney (3)

Virgil van Dijk netted his first of the season, in Thursday’s win over Inter, but Charlie Austin remains untroubled at the top of the scoring charts.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (7), Nathan Redmond (3)
Most assists: Six players (1)

Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played: 57
Hull City: 14
Draws: 20
Southampton: 23

Last four meetings:

April 2015: Southampton 2-0 Hull City (Ward-Prowse pen, Pellè)
November 2014: Hull City 0-1 Southampton (Wanyama)
February 2014: Hull City 0-1 Southampton (Fonte)
November 2014: Southampton 4-1 Hull City (Schneiderlin, Lambert pen, Lallana, Davis)

Did you know?

The teams have met four times in the Premier League, with Southampton winning on each occasion.

Saints have also won all six of the last half-a-dozen league meetings with Hull.

Hull’s six-game losing streak in the Premier League is their longest run of league losses since they were beaten seven straight times in the third tier in 1980.

Not at the game?

Don’t worry if you can’t make the long trip to Humberside for the game on Sunday, as we’ll be keeping you right up to date.

Our Matchday Live centre on southamptonfc.com will feature build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, as well as live updates from the game and FREE audio commentary.

Additionally, our social media channels will also be offering exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, as well as updates from the match.

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