Relegation-threatened Hull City will be looking to pull further clear of the bottom three as they welcome Southampton to the KC Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Steve Bruce's Hull (7-6-12) beat 10-man Sunderland 2-0 on Saturday to move up to 11th in the table, but the bottom half of the table is so compact the Tigers are still just four points above the drop zone despite their lofty league placing.
Hull had picked up just a single point in five league games prior to the visit of Sunderland at the weekend, but an early red card for Wes Brown gave Bruce's side a distinct advantage, and their two record January signings - Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic - scored the goals that buoyed their survival hopes.
"I have always said you are only as good as your strikers, and I have still got that belief now," said Bruce. "For all the wonderful possession we had, we still needed to stick the ball in the back of the net and they have done it today. They work hard for the cause and they are a good pair of strikers. I wouldn't want to play against them because they caused all sorts of problems today.
"We're four points off the bottom three but we are tenth," added the Hull boss. "It's quite a remarkable season. Usually at this time one or two are adrift. I keep saying you have to win 10 games (to stay up) and we've won seven now so it's still all to play for."
Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton (9-9-7) are comfortably in mid-table, nine points clear of Tuesday's hosts despite being just two places above the Tigers in the table. The Saints were held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke City on Saturday, but Pochettino was happy to look at the positives as his team stretched their unbeaten run to five games (2-3-0).
"Both against Arsenal and Stoke the game ended 2-2 and we deserved more, but overall we're on the right path," said the Southampton manager. "We were playing against most physical team in Premier League and the weather conditions were difficult so overall we have to look at the positives.
"We had full control of the game, especially in the second half. Stoke are a team who play to their strengths and I have full respect for their approach to football. But we deserved more from this game."
Hull City will be missing the injured James Chester (hamstring) and Sone Aluko (calf), while Southampton are without Gaston Ramirez (ankle) and Dejan Lovren (ankle).
Home form has given Hull a strong chance of Premier League survival this season. The Tigers have lost just three of their 12 matches at the KC Stadium, conceding just nine goals on their own patch, and held high-flying Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw last time out.
Southampton's form on the road has been a mixed bag, with four wins, four defeats and four draws in their 12 league games away from St Mary's. Nobody outside the top six can better Southampton's record of just four losses away from home.
Southampton ran out comfortable 4-1 winners when these teams met at St Mary's in November. Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana all scored in a dominant first half performance, with Steve Davis adding a fourth for Southampton late following a Yannick Sagbo consolation.