Southampton-Hull City Betting Preview: Back the Saints to edge a tight encounter

Goals have been few and far between in these sides' fixtures so far this season, but Al Hain-Cole expects Mauricio Pochettino's men to have enough quality to emerge victorious
Southampton will be looking to move back into the top four when they welcome Hull to St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

With Tottenham and Manchester City not in action until Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are favourites at 4/7 (1.57) with William Hill to lift themselves into the Champions League places for at least 24 hours with a victory.

The newly-promoted visitors have lost four of their five away games since returning to the Premier League but are available at 6/1 (7.00) to end their hosts’ unbeaten home record with second win on the road this season.
The Saints have drawn eight of their last 16 league fixtures, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them settling for a point in this one.

This clash brings together two of the season’s over-achievers, with both sides having surpassed all expectations with their performances so far.

Pochettino has so far done his utmost to make talk of European qualification look more realistic with every match, while Steve Bruce has so far defied the critics who suggested his side were certainties to go straight back down to the Championship.

The key to both sides’ success this campaign has undoubtedly been at the back, with the hosts’ record of just four conceded unmatched by any other team in the league, while only five sides have let in fewer goals than their guests.

This defensive prowess has led to under 2.5 goals being scored in 16 of Southampton’s last 17 Premier League games, and that record seems certain to continue against a team who have only exceeded that scoreline in two of their 10 fixtures since returning to the top flight.

With three wins in their last three home games, it is difficult to see Pochettino’s men failing to overcome a Hull team with 21 defeats and just one win to their name in their last 29 Premier League matches on the road, meaning odds of 2/1 (3.00) are not to be missed on the hosts coming out on top in a tight match featuring no more than two goals.

This is a bet that has rewarded punters in Southampton's last four consecutive home games in the Premier League and looks a great option for this match.

Southampton to win and under 2.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 2/1 (3.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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