Hull vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Just four points off the top of the Premier League, Southampton will be hoping to extend their terrific run with victory in a tough game at Hull City.

Steve Bruce will have every reason to be delighted with how his Tigers side is shaping up, having proved in their last two games how well they can match the best teams in the top-flight.

An adventurous display at Arsenal was almost rewarded with a famous victory, while it was more of a rearguard action that saw them take a point from Anfield. If Hull can maintain that level of performance, their prospects for this season would be very promising.

Southampton found Stoke City considerably tougher opponents than Sunderland, but they still emerged with two wins in five days against the Potters. Attacking players such as Tusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and more recently Sadio Mane have – rightly – earned plenty of credit, but one standout reason for their amazing record is their solid defence.

Fraser Forster has only been forced to pick the ball out of his net five times since joining, representing the best record in all four divisions, and for that manager Ronald Koeman and captain Jose Fonte in particular deserve immense credit.

Hull have several players out including Robert Snodgrass, Michael Dawson and Nikica Jelavic. Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez cannot face his parent club, while Eldin Jakupovic will continue in goal.

Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse are still unavailable for the Saints, but Mane should be fit despite missing Wednesday’s game at the Britannia Stadium.

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