Preview: Southampton v Hull City

Both Southampton and Hull City will be going into the clash at St Mary's on Saturday hoping to improve their recent form.

Claude Puel's men will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat against a dangerous Tigers' side that are fighting to avoid the drop.

And, Saints right back Cédric Soares is well aware of the threat posed by Hull, having played under their coach Marco Silva in his native Portugal. 

"Hull have ever a very good team, with a very good coach in Marco Silva who was my coach before in Portugal," the Sporting Lisbon youth product was quoted by his club's website.

"We need to be aware but they need to aware of us because we have an amazing team and we work very hard every day and we'll be at our level to try to win the game.

Ninth-placed Southampton trail West Bromwich Albion in eighth by four points with a game in hand. With six games remaining, eighth place is the highest that Puel's men can finish.

The Tigers will be hoping to pick up maximum three points to create some breathing space between themselves and the bottom three.

The relegation threatened club is just two points ahead of 18th placed Swansea, but their recent form is somewhat encouraging.

Silva's men have managed three wins from their last five games. But, despite Southampton losing their last two games, the Portuguese manager fells they still pose a big threat.

"Southampton are a very good team with many good ideas within their game," Silva told Hull City's website.

"They have the capacity to keep possession very well and have creative players with very good technical ability," he said.

"They usually enjoy more possession than their opponents and through this they are able to cause their opponents problems. 

"We will have to be very good to get a positive result. Our organisation has to be good, our commitment has to be good like it was last weekend and we have to work very hard as a team," said Silva.

While Southampton are sweating on the fitness of Sofiane Boufal (knock), but Sam McQueen (groin) is expected to be available for selection on Saturday.

Hull have no new injury concerns, with five players on the treatment table for long-term injuries. Only Omar Elabdellaoui (back) could return this weekend.

Kick off in this Premier League clash is at 4pm.

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