Last Updated: 09/11/13 5:42pm
It is all over here at St Mary's. An eighth successive win for Saints and fifth loss in six on the road for Hull City. It will be a long drive home for Steve Bruce and his men but there is no doubt, Southampton thoroughly deserve the plaudits and points at the end of the day. This is now Southampton's best start to a top-flight season in history.
There is little doubt now, Southampton have wrapped this up and it is just a case of playing the clock out as the stands start to empty.
STEVEN DAVIS! Another excellent break and cross from Clyne on the right before a fantastic touch from Davis, sets himself up and fires to the right of Harper. Clyne certainly deserves credit, again.
Saints flood forward again with Shaw but his desire takes him too far and the ball runs out of play.
Standing ovation for Adam Lallana as he is taken off to be replaced by Jack Cork. A wide grin on Hodgson's face in the stands.
Third and final change for Hull sees George Boyd replaced by Stephen Quinn, who played for the reserves midweek in a bid to earn more first-team football.
Hull definitely appear more organised in the second half but Southampton remain equal to the attacking threat.
Osvaldo is immediately in on the action as Ward-Prowse whips an inch-perfect ball to the Italian at the back post and Harper manages to save the well-timed header.
Southampton come close again as Lallana creates his own space in the box before crossing to Rodriquez at the back post but the header is just wide.
Rickie Lambert leaves to a standing ovation as Pochettino introduces Dani Osvaldo to further prove Southampton's strength in depth.
Sagbo goes down very easily on the edge of the box, protests but is probably lucky to avoid a booking for simulation.
Saints straight on the counter from a Hull corner as Schneiderlin surges towards the box before sliding the ball into the closing defenders.
A second change from Bruce as striker Danny Graham, who has not scored in 26 games, replaces David Meyler.
Hull on the move this time with Figueroa, who slides through to Boyd before the cross is cleared by Davis.
Lallana is hungry for more as he tries to dribble his way around the Hull defence for a second time but is dispossessed this time.
Saints continue to pressure Hull when they have the ball but the visitors are retaining possession better this half.
We've seen all afternoon the threat Ward-Prowse can pose from set-pieces and it is another dangerous delivery towards the back post but Harper manages to collect.
Free-kick for Southampton as McShane climbs on top of Lambert in a bid to win the header. Ward-Prowse over the ball.
Victor Wanyama is withdrawn by Pochettino and replaced by Steven Davis. Plenty of time for the midfielder to ponder the error which could have put this game back in the balance.
Slick interplay between Lallana and Lambert and the former almost doubled his tally whip a chipped shot but Harper parries for a corner.
Southampton try to settle the game back down again and regain control as they pass across the back four.
That Sagbo strike has injected life into the Tigers as they go on the attack again. Could be some nerves around St Mary's here.
Another chance for Hull as Huddlestone shoots first time from a throw-in and Boruc makes his first save of the afternoon.
Counter attack comes straight away from Southampton as Rodriquez bursts into the Hull box, but is soon surrounded by defenders and dispossessed.
YANNICK SAGBO! Poor from Wanyama. The midfielder lets the ball roll into the path of Livermore who squares the ball to Sagbo, who slots beyond Boruc. The first goal Saints have conceded at St Mary's in 10 hours of football.
Hull do seems slightly more resolute at the start of this half, no doubt Steve Bruce will have issued a rallying team talk.
A second free-kick for Hull but Huddlestone puts far too much on the cross and it is out for a Saints goal-kick.
Southampton concede a free-kick on the half-way line as Shaw pushes Meyler to ground. Easily cleared by the hosts however.
Hull come forward with Boyd, who breaks into the box, but he can do nothing as Sagbo is stood in an offside position.
Dangerous ball into the box from the corner but Hull clear, only as far as Ward-Prowse who tees up Lallana but the volley is scuffed.
Rodriquez bursts down the left and uses his strength before Rosenoir manages to get the ball out for a corner.
There is a change for Hull at half-time. Robert Koren comes in to replace Ahmed Elmohamady as the players return to the field. Can Hull do anything to stop Saints today? Let's see.
Dowd brings an end to the first half. A sublime display from Pochettino's men who have been unstoppable for Hull. The Tigers have not got close to the ball in the first half after a dominant display from the hosts. Morgan Schneiderlin headed the opener before Lambert added a penalty and Lallana worked a stunning third. Southampton 3-0 up at half-time.
Huddlestone's long free-kick is sent out for a corner, which is cleared eventually by Southampton after Sagbo almost got a shot on target.
Davies goes into the book after he left a leg out in front of Shaw, who spotted a gap and rightly made a run for it.
Decent delivery from Huddlestone but Rodriquez clears, striker back to defend and does so with authority.
Southampton dominating possession and dictating the pace of the game as they just pass it through the midfield.
Hull are being outclassed by Southampton here, not just a one-man performance, Pochettino's men are well and truly vindicating their position in the top six.
ADAM LALLANA! If you see a better goal in the Premier League this afternoon, you will do well. Beautifull crafted, wriggles his way around the box and three defenders before curling around Harper from a tight angle. Some way to celebrate an international call up! Three in five for the Saints forward.
Ward-Prowse goes short this time to Shaw, who puts the cross over the awaiting crowd in the Hull box.
Huddlestone's effort is drilled straight into the crowd and Saints look to get forward once again. Free-flowing under Pochettino.
RICKIE LAMBERT! That is how to take a penalty! Fires into the top right corner. Harper goes the right way but has no chance with that power and precision. Excellent finish.
Harper booked for a rash challenge on Lallana after the England call-up beats the keeper to an excellently weighted ball from Lambert.
Hull break straight down field and the ball falls to Huddlestone, who snatches at the shot and it goes well wide.
Swiftly broken down by Southampton however as Shaw attacks down the left before taking the ball into touch.
Harper almost caught in possession by Lallana. Very nonchalant from the former Newcastle goalkeeper in his own area. Must be careful against a high-pressing Saints side.
Huddlestone tries to drive into the Saints half but his ball for Sagbo is far too heavy and Boruc collects.
There is a great air of confidence in Southampton front trio as they attack once again but the flag is up against Rodriquez.
Another chance for Southampton as Clyne breaks down the right and whips a fine ball across the face of goal but neither Lambert or Rodriquez can connect.
Southampton look to press again as the ball is threaded through to Rodriquez, who fails to catch it before it reaches touch.
Better delivery this time from Huddlestone but McShane is unable to keep the header down and it's a goal-kick for Southampton.
Free-kick for Hull as Fonte fouls Sagbo on the edge of the box. Huddlestone drives hard and it is deflected for a Hull corner.
MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN! Not often you see the Saints holding midfielder get this far forward but an excellent header after Lambert nodded up from Clyne's cross in from the right. His first goal of the season, a day after his 24th birthday.
Fantastic ball from Schneiderlin finds Lallana in the bottom right-hand corner and Hull can only clear for a Saints throw.
Saints go long in search of Lambert but McShane takes the ball and leaves a disgruntled Lambert appealing for a free-kick but Dowd is not interested.
Lambert and Rodriquez exchange passes on the edge of the Hull box but the former fails to find Lallana in space as the England trio try to combine.
Shaw does manage to find Lambert this time however and the England forward attempts to flick on to Rodriquez but Davies ushers the ball out for a Hull goal-kick.
Saints press down the right before Clyne picks out Shaw on the opposite side but the full-back fails to pick out Lallana.
Fantastic ball into the middle of the box from set-piece specialist Ward-Prowse but nobody can connect. Hull scramble the ball clear.
Beautifully crafted build up from Southampton and they won a corner, their 41st of the season, only Man City (41) have a higher figure.
There has been plenty of talk of Southampton's ability to get forward but they press well too. Quickly closing down Hull to regain possession.
Shaw finds space on the left but runs into the Tigers defence. Could have done with his right foot rather than left as he struggled to get a cross away.
First opening of the game for Saints however as Ward-Prowse whips the ball into the box but it is just to high for the head of Rodriquez.
Huddlestone will be one man disappointed to miss out on the England squad as he shows Hodgson what he can do by switching the play cross field.
Hull make their first break down the right with Elmohamady but the ball is swiftly intercepted as the Egyptian moves infield.
Saints settle straight into the passing rhythm which is becoming synonymous with Pochettino's setup.
Dowd checks his watch, it's 3pm and we're underway with the first ever top-flight meeting between the pair.
Mandatory handshakes complete and the players will now take to the centre circle for a moment of silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. All the players are wearing commemorative shirts with poppies on, which will be auctioned to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
The players are now slowly heading back to dressing rooms to make their final preparations, only 15 minutes to kick-off.
Meanwhile, Pochettino's men are in fine form, unbeaten in their last seven games; only Arsenal have been on a longer run this season (nine).
Steve Bruce's men have been keeping it tight at the back, only four newly promoted sides have conceded fewer goals after 10 games than Hull have this season (10) in the Premier League.
Southampton have won four of the last five meetings between the sides, will they prevail again? Let me know your thoughts either by Twitter, @BH92, or by email on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com.
The good men of Opta as always have compiled the best statistics ahead of kick-off and tell us Southampton have conceded a league low 29 shots on target this season.
Phil Dowd will take charge this afternoon with Darren Cann and Sian Massey running the lines. Roger East is our fourth official.
Tigers bench: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Stephen Quinn, Robert Koren, Gedo, Nick Proschwitz, Danny Graham.
Saints bench: Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Dani Osvaldo, Jack Cork, Calum Chambers, Jos Hooiveld, Sam Gallagher.
Hull City starting XI: Steve Harper, Liam Rosenoir, Manyor Figueroa, Curtis Davies, Paul McShane, Ahmed Elmohamady, George Boyd, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Yannick Sagbo.
Southampton starting XI: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Victor Wanyama, Morgan Schneiderlin, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriquez, Rickie Lambert.
Our friends over at Sky Bet have been busy calculating the best odds for you...Southampton are odds-on favourites to maintain their great form at St Mary's against Hull (11/2). It's been nearly nine hours since the Saints conceded a goal at home in the Premier League and it's 6/5 that the hosts will stretch that run today. Ricky Lambert is 7/2 to net the opener with Under 2.5 goals popular with punters at 4/6.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson expects the hosts to snatch a 1-0 victory today. "I will just go for Southampton because Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez will be buzzing after getting into the England squad. I am a great believer that if you're playing well for your club then you should get in the squad," he said.
The Tigers kept up their fine form with a 1-0 triumph at home to bottom club Sunderland last weekend, having previously suffered agonising defeats against Tottenham in both the Premier League and Capital One Cup.
Hull are four places behind Saints after an admirable start to their own campaign, and can close to within three points of their opponents with a win on the south coast.
Pochettino's men will now be looking to return to winning ways and consolidate their position among the leading pack, having collected an impressive 19 points thus far.
On the pitch it has not been their most successful week of the season for Southampton, having drawn 1-1 with Stoke City in the Premier League and then bowed out of the Capital One Cup after a 2-1 defeat by Sunderland.
Contrastingly, the week was dampened for the Tigers when manager Steve Bruce fined £10,000 for his criticism of the decision to award Tottenham a late penalty in their league fixture last month.
It has been a fantastic week for the hosts with manager Mauricio Pochettino named Barclays Manager of the Month, while there was further recognition for Saints' start to the season when Roy Hodgson included Jay Rodriquez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert in his England squad.
Ben Hampshire here, on hand to guide you through proceedings on the south coast. As ever, you can get involved throughout today's match by sending in your views and predictions. You can reach me on Twitter, @BH92, or by email on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com.
Saints are currently sixth in Premier League with five wins from their opening 10 fixtures, while Hull are well poised in 10th, having won four and drawn two.