These tactics will ensure Hull City take a point from Saints match, despite Pelle - Merson

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doubts Southampton will put the Tigers to the sword as there is not much difference between the Saints and Hull City.

Hull City are a match for Southampton, writes Paul Merson in his Sky Sports column.

Ronald Koeman's Saints are currently second in the Premier League table having returned 19 points from nine outings thus far. Hull, meanwhile, are mid-table, in tenth, with 11 points.

While Southampton are seemingly reliant on the instincts of Graziano Pelle in and around the box, Hull City have a number of outlets for goals that include Mohamed Diame, Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez.

However, it is the not the attacks that will decide Saturday's fixture, implies Merson, but the three man defensive system that Steve Bruce has returned to.

"Graziano Pelle is on fire, as we saw with that outstanding goal in the Capital One Cup, but I can see Southampton only getting a draw," asserted Merson.

"That’s because I think Hull are a real threat again after going back to playing three at the back.

"Believe it or not, I don’t think there’s a lot of difference between these two teams. If you take Pelle’s goals and give them to Hull then it might be a bit different. I will go for 1-1."

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