Southampton will be desperate to bounce back from their shock defeat to Bristol City as Hull make the long trip south to St Mary’s on Tuesday.
The Saints’ lead at the top of the Championship was cut to two points as they went down 2-0 at Ashton Gate over the weekend.
However, Nigel Adkins’ men will be confident of seeing off the Tigers as they still have the only perfect home record in the Football League with nine wins out of nine thus far.
In fact, they have put together an astonishing 19 league victories on the spin in front of their own fans (21 in all competitions), which explains why they are the 53/100 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Punters who believe Hull can snatch a draw can back this outcome at 3/1, while an away triumph is priced at odds of 19/4.
Caretaker Hull boss Nicky Barmby will have a tough task picking up his players, though, after they conceded three goals in the final 12 minutes to lose 3-2 at home to Burnley at the weekend.
The reality is that another long evening is in store for the visitors, as the Saints’ strength at home is certainly no fluke.
Seven of the Saints’ nine fixtures on home soil have produced three or more goals, so betting on a Southampton win in a match with over 2.5 goals seems tempting at 27/20.
They have fired an impressive 24 goals in those nine matches at St Mary’s for the concession of just five and have been ahead at the break in seven of them.
Backing Southampton/Southampton in the half-time/full-time market – an eventuality which has occurred in 12 of their past 20 league matches, both home and away – gives better value on the home win at odds of 5/4.
Punters receive a free £25 bet for joining bwin.com and successfully placing this on Southampton to be winning at the interval and the final whistle would return £56.25.
It is also interesting to note that Adkins’ men have smashed 16 goals in the first half an hour of their matches, which is the best record in the division by some distance.
Any football betting fans looking for a short-priced banker here should snap up the 11/25 which says they will break the deadlock against the Tigers.
Similarly, seven of the Saints’ nine fixtures on home soil have produced three or more goals, so betting on a Southampton win in a match with over 2.5 goals seems tempting at 27/20.
This may not have been an option prior to Nigel Pearson’s departure to Leicester as Hull were generally obdurate opponents under him, particularly on the road, with their first seven away matches containing just 12 goals.
But they have lost three of their past four matches since Barmby stepped into the breach, conceding seven goals in the process, and this means there are major question marks over their ability to repel wave after wave of Southampton attacks.
While it would be foolhardy to read too much into their last meeting at St Mary’s – which Southampton won 4-0 in December 2007 – a similarly dominant performance by the hosts appears likely.
Having said that, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Hull, who did pick up an impressive 2-0 win at Derby in their last away match, will at least manage to get on the scoresheet.
With that in mind, backing a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 win for the Saints could also be worth a look at 16/5.
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