Marco Silva’s sole remit was to preserve Hull City’s Premier League status and by jove he might just manage it. Silva’s appointment wasn’t met with universal approval, however under his guidance the side have managed some creditable results and whilst they remain dangerously close to the drop zone, one feels that they have more than a fighting chance of extending their stay in the top flight for at least another season.
The Tigers can thank their home form for this ‘great escape’ from the relegation zone. Since the appointment of their Portuguese boss, Hull have won all-but-one of their last nine competitive matches at the KCOM Stadium with one draw during that time. Wins over the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Watford are excellent results in anyone’s book and it would lead us to suggest that a ‘great escape’ is indeed possible, even though it would be pretty foolhardy to predict it with any real conviction with four games left to play.
That said, we believe that the Tigers can do themselves no end of favours this weekend by collecting all three points on the south coast when they lock horns with Southampton at St Mary’s. Hull’s form on the road has been far from impressive and this is the reason for their lowly position in the Premier League table. Sort this out and they would live to fight another day in the top-flight, however continue this poor away form and it could be goodbye Premier League, hello Championship.
Now is the time to turn things round and the Saints will present the visitors with a perfect chance to get their away form back on track. Claude Puel’s men have been indifferent on home soil in recent months with just a single win at St Mary’s since mid-January. They were outclassed by West Ham United earlier this year and failed to find a way past Bournemouth at the start of April. What can they manage when Hull City come to town on Saturday? A consolation goal perhaps.