Hull City-Southampton Betting Preview: Long looks good value to continue goalscoring run

There's a mid-table clash on Tuesday night, with the Saints making the long journey north to face the Tigers, and our tipster is backing a 13/5 goalscorer bet as his selection
Hull City welcome Southampton to the KC Stadium as 11th hosts ninth in the Premier League. Despite what might seem like a mid-table clash, with the bottom half so tight, only four points separate West Brom in 18th place and Swansea in 10th position.

Steve Bruce will be desperate for a win, particularly as home matches have proven so integral to Hull's fortunes this season. Indeed, 19 of the Tigers' 27 Premier League points have been earned on their own turf, so extra importance is placed upon such clashes.

Despite their home form being the backbone of the campaign thus far, the Tigers come into this match on the back of a brilliant win away at relegation rivals Sunderland.

Goals from two of Bruce's new signings, Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic saw them claim all three points for only the second time away from the KC Stadium this season. Paddy Power price them at 7/4 (2.75) to make it back-to-back wins on Tuesday night.

Southampton come into this match unbeaten in their last seven matches. Mauricio Pochettino's side have been involved in a number of high-scoring matches of late, drawing 2-2 with Sunderland, Arsenal and Stoke City in the league.

The Saints beat Fulham 3-0 in their last away game, so will be confident coming into this game and, with a nine-point gap between them and Swansea, they should be well assured of a top-half finish. Paddy Power price them at 13/8 (2.63) to record another win on the road. The same firm price the draw at 9/4 (3.25).

The over 2.5 goals bet at 5/4 (2.25) could be viewed as an interesting price in this match when you consider Southampton's recent high-scoring matches, but with Hull only conceding three goals in their last five matches, this bet is worth avoiding.

Steve Bruce was certainly active in the transfer window, bringing in two strikers who have made an instant impact at Hull. Shane Long, who signed from West Brom, has been a fantastic addition to the Tigers, already netting twice in his three matches since his move from the West Midlands. With Hull scoring nine times in their last four matches at home, they haven't struggled for goals.

Long to net anytime at 13/5 (3.60), with Paddy Power looks like a bet with tremendous value and is certainly worth backing given the Ireland international's impressive form of late.

Shane Long to score anytime at 13/5 (3.60) 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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