Logic and recent history dictates that Southampton’s current lofty position of second in the Premier League is not something the Saints will be able to maintain, but their fans should expect another three points away at Hull this weekend.
The hosts are 11/4 to win, with the draw priced at 12/5, but as you’ll see in the first of our three best bets for the match, we fancy Ronald Koeman’s side for a third consecutive league win.
The only blemish on the visitors’ copybook since late August is a 1-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur, with wins recorded in the nine other games they have played in all competitions since then.
They also have a fine recent record against Hull, winning twice against the Tigers in the Premier League last season after also collecting six points from their encounters in the 2011/12 Championship.
In fact the hosts have beaten Southampton just once in their past 15 encounters in all competitions, a record they are unlikely to improve given their current form – Steve Bruce’s side have won just one of their last eight games.
Even if they’re not winning much, Hull have still managed to keep on scoring, with their 0-0 draw at Liverpool ending a run of six straight matches in which they have scored exactly twice.
Seven of the Tigers’ last nine in all competitions have seen at least three goals, as have six of Southampton’s past nine.
The Saints have not hung around in their recent games, getting themselves on the scoresheet in the first 15 minutes of two of their last three matches in all competitions.
For their part, Hull have been incredibly sluggish out of the blocks of late, falling behind in the opening quarter of an hour in three of their past five.
Worse news for the hosts is that Southampton have won all five of the games they have scored first in.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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