Southampton vs Hull – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City will be desperate to ease their relegation fears with a win at Southampton, who can steal a march in the race for fifth place with three points of their own.

It was an afternoon of frustration for the Saints last time out at Everton, as they had more than their fair share of goalscoring chances, but were often denied by fine goalkeeping from Tim Howard. It meant they slipped to seventh and failed to capitalise on dropped points for Liverpool and Tottenham.

Concerns remain over Graziano Pelle’s Premier League goal drought, despite his recent effort for Italy against England. His failure to find the net is one of the main factors behind their failure to keep pace with leading clubs in the manner they were in the first half of the season, but they still have enough attacking threat to cause Hull numerous problems.

Frustration was also the overriding emotion for Hull boss Steve Bruce after seeing his lose at Swansea City. Other results have since seen them slip to fourth from bottom and just two points clear of the drop zone, and with a daunting fixture list to end the season, it could be a real struggle to stay up.

The final sequence of games looks even more difficult when considering that the Tigers have failed to win any of their games against the sides currently in the top half. As things stand, it looks like their best hope of winning games lie with strikers Abel Hernandez and Dame N’Doye.

Southampton loanee Filip Djuricic misses out after suffering an ankle injury. Fraser Forster, Emmanuel Mayuka and Jay Rodriguez are also unavailable.

Midfielder David Meyler begins a three-match ban for Hull, and he sits the game out along with Robert Snodgrass, Nikica Jelavic and Gaston Ramirez, who cannot face his parent club. Tom Huddlestone is back available and should replace Meyler.

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