Southampton won’t beat Hull after Pochettino managerial award

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Brendan Rodgers was still manager of Swansea, Owen Coyle was a Premier League boss and Wolves were in the top-flight on the last occasion that successive managers of the month won their next game directly after being given their accolade.

As Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 in the game after Arsene Wenger was presented with his trophy for September, this is a big negative for Southampton, as they prepare to host Hull.

Rodgers beat West Brom with his Swansea side after scooping manager-of-the-month honours for January 2012, with Arsenal defeating Fulham after Wenger’s reward for the following month.

Pochettino is the 13th winner of the prize since Wenger’s success and of the 12 before the Saints boss, five have gone on to win their next game, but never two managers on the bounce.

Southampton will look a tempting accumulator addition to many at 4/7 to win at home to Hull, as they sit sixth in the table with the best defensive record of only four goals conceded.

However, the Saints have not welcomed a top-half Premier League club to St Mary’s this season yet and they have still dropped points in two of their home games.

Hull’s away form has not been particularly astonishing, but given they have already travelled to Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton and not conceded more than two in any of these fixtures, they are certainly capable of holding their own.

Taking everything into consideration, the 13/10 available on Hull winning or drawing in the double chance market holds plenty of appeal, while it’s 18/5 that Hull triumph in the draw no bet listings.

The straight Hull win is 11/2 among the match betting options, with 13/5 the price that the spoils are shared at St Mary’s.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

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