Hull City will invite Claude Puel’s Southampton on Sunday. The clash at the KCOM Stadium will be the 38th league meeting between the two sides.
Hull City have now lost six league games in a row. Mike Phelan’s men are really struggling to grind results. They have fallen to the 18th place in the Premier League table, five points away from the foot of the table. Their recent results include a humiliating 6 – 1 defeat at Bournemouth. There hasn’t been a big change in the Tigers’ performance and it is quite evident that the club hierarchy would have to intervene and sack the coach who won the Premier League Barclays Manager of the Month for August as the-then caretaker manager.
Southampton, on the other hand, have been consistent in the league so far. They are in the top half of the table despite four draws and three defeats. Prior to the 2 – 0 loss to Chelsea at the weekend, Puel’s men held Pep Guardiola’s Man City at the Etihad Stadium. The managerial switch has not had drastic overall changes and it seems that the club can yet again challenge for a place in European competitions.
The Saints have won all of their last five league matches against Hull City. The match at the St. Mary’s ended in a 2 – 0 win for the hosts and the fixture at KCOM Stadium ended 1 – 0 in favour of Southampton. It would be surprising if Hull breaks this tradition after eight long years when they defeated Nigel Pearson’s Southampton side 5 – 0 in the Championship.
Hull’s last league outing ended in a 1 – 0 defeat at Watford. They will be desperate to earn at least a point after suffering six back-to-back losses. The odds favour Southampton as they are unbeaten in their last three away fixtures and Hull have lost their last four league games. According to William Hill, Hull City are 9/2 to beat the visitors while the odds of a draw are 13/5.