- Hull vs Southampton

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Saturday 1 November 2014 | The KC Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Hull
Hull
0 - 0
Southampton
Southampton
 
 

Match preview

Ronald Koeman is confident Southampton's winning mentality will negate any fatigue ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Hull City.

Southampton have surprised many with a superb start to the campaign, rising to second in the table after nine matches.

A stunning 8-0 win over Sunderland was followed by a battling 1-0 victory against Stoke City last Saturday, while Wednesday's Capital One Cup triumph over Mark Hughes' men secured a quarter-final spot.

With nine wins from the last 10 matches in all competitions, Koeman's men are in excellent form, but the trip to the KC Stadium represents their third match in eight days.

"The lads are showing great ambition," the Dutchman said following the midweek win.

"They will be tired, but if you're winning you're not so tired."

Koeman made four changes for the 3-2 win at the Britannia Stadium, with Shane Long taking advantage of his inclusion to net his first goal for the club since making the switch from Hull in August.

The Republic of Ireland international will now set his sights on breaking his BPL duck for his new side, with his maiden strike offering a timely boost ahead of a return to his former employers.

"It's a purely selfish thing getting that first goal under your belt," he said. "I'm obviously delighted to get it.

"It wasn't getting me down too much, but it's always easier when the team is doing so well."

Hull also have cause for optimism after putting together a three-match unbeaten run in the league, including draws at Arsenal and Liverpool.

That run has left Steve Bruce's side 10th in the table and centre-back Alex Bruce noted the huge upturn in the club's fortunes over the past two seasons.

"It is unbelievable to think how far we have come," he told The Hull Daily Mail. "The supporters must agree with that. Things have changed so much since I first came here."

Hull will be without Gaston Ramirez, who is ineligible to play against his parent club, while forward Tom Ince joined Nottingham Forest on loan in the week.

Michael Dawson (ankle), Nikica Jelavic (knee), Allan McGregor (shoulder) and Steve Harper (arm) also remain out.

Southampton have no new injury concerns, meaning Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse (both knee) are the only two definite absentees.

Hull City (from): Jakupovic, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Lenihan, Maguire, McShane, Robertson, Rosenior, Brady, Ben Arfa, Diame, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler, Quinn, Aluko, Hernandez.

Southampton (from): K Davis, Forster, Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Clyne, Fonte, Gardos, Stephens, Targett, Yoshida, Cork, S Davis, Isgrove, Mane, McQueen, Reed, Schneiderlin, Tadic, Wanyama, Gallagher, Long, Mayuka, Pelle.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Martin Atkinson Assistants: S Ledger, E Smart Fourth Official: S Duncan

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

0 - 0 v Liverpool (A) 25 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Arsenal (A) 18 Oct 2014

won

2 - 0 v Crystal Palace (H) 04 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 4 v Man City (H) 27 Sep 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Newcastle (A) 20 Sep 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v West Ham (H) 15 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

2 - 0 v Crystal Palace (H) 04 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 4 v Man City (H) 27 Sep 2014

Current form

Last six matches

won

1 - 0 v Stoke (H) 25 Oct 2014

won

8 - 0 v Sunderland (H) 18 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Spurs (A) 05 Oct 2014

won

2 - 1 v QPR (H) 27 Sep 2014

won

0 - 1 v Swansea (A) 20 Sep 2014

won

4 - 0 v Newcastle (H) 13 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 0 v Stoke (H) 25 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Spurs (A) 05 Oct 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Hull Southampton

Tue 11 Feb 2014 | The KC Stadium | Attendance: 23,670

Hull 0 - 1 Southampton
  • Jose Fonte (69)
  Possession
Hull 37%
Southampton 63%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Hull 4 8
Southampton 7 6
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Hull 6 0 0
Southampton 8 3 0
Total 14 3 0
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