Fresh from winning the Premier League manager of the month award, Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming to celebrate with another Southampton win against Hull.
The high-flying hosts are 53/100 to best the Tigers, who are 11/2 to win with the draw priced at 14/5.
Given the Saints resolute defence and both sides’ disinclination to rack up the goals, the best bet is to back Pochettino’s side to win with under 2.5 scored at 21/10.
All ten of Southampton’s Premier League matches this season have seen fewer than three goals.
Like ninjas absolutely desperate not to stain their linen, the Saints have crept into the league’s top six on the back of a formidable defensive record.
With just four goals conceded, Southampton have proved the most frugal side in the league and have been able to win games by the odd goal as a result.
They have netted just 11 themselves, with all five of their top-flight wins coming to nil.
Hull have drawn a blank in three of their five away games in the league.
Other than a fine 3-2 win at St James’ Park, Steve Bruce’s side have proved far from tigerish away from home, losing their other four road games while scoring just once.
With just eight goals anywhere, Hull are the lowest scoring side in the top half of the Premier League and their blunt attack is unlikely to pierce a Saints defence fashioned from the very strongest of fabrics.
Bruce has a miserable record in trips to the Solent, winning just one of nine visits to Southampton and Portsmouth.
Hull’s manager has not enjoyed his ventures to the South Coast with various clubs in recent seasons, and has never beaten the Saints on their own turf, losing two of four trips when in charge of Birmingham.
The Tigers themselves have been equally seasick against Southampton, losing four of their past five matches against them anywhere.