Stats: Can Hull stop high flying Southampton this weekend?

We analyse the statistics from Southampton and Hull City's seasons so far.

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Southampton face Hull City riding the crest of a wave after a brilliant start to the season.

It is hard to think of a time when confidence was ever higher at St. Mary's, with the side currently sitting in second place in the Premier League table. In midweek, they also qualified for the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup and momentum is building quickly on the South Coast.

Talk is of the potential of making it into the European places but the Saints will know that they face a tough test against Hull City at the weekend. The Tigers have a lot of attacking flair this season and, while this is still taking a while to bed in, they can be a threat.

Steve Bruce has done an excellent job at Hull and the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame and Tom Huddlestone are some of the finest players to ever represent the team. 

If Bruce can get the team to click, they will prove a match for most sides in the Premier League and they will need to be at the top of their game to avoid a defeat against a dangerous Southampton. 

  GoalsGoals againstShotsShots againstTacklesPassesPassing AccuracyPossessionAppearances
Southampton 20 5 127 78 157 4568 82.2% 54.4% 9
Hull City 13 13 85 164 151 3583 78.9% 43.2% 9

At the moment, there is an obvious flaw in Hull's game defensively and Southampton have shown how ruthless they can be already when given a chance. Dusan Tadic can create opportunities out of any situation and, with Graziano Pelle in such fine form, any chance is likely to be seized upon.

Currently, Hull are allowing opposition sides to have far too many shots on goal - with their total of 164 shots against over double the amount Fraser Forster has faced in between the sticks for the Saints. 

They simply cannot be this open against a side of Southampton's quality and if they are they will be punished. 

Saints are likely to have plenty of the ball in the match, meaning that it will be a test of Hull resolve and structure. But, if the Tigers can improve defensively, they may be able to cause an upset on Saturday. 

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