Southampton travel to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth for the first South Coast Derby in seven years next week, and it’s safe to say that plenty of Pompey fans aren’t looking forward to it.
Kenny Jackett’s side had been largely tipped to push for promotion back to the Championship this season, but their start to the campaign has been dismal.
Pompey have accumulated six points from their first six games and were held to a 2-2 draw – rescued only by a late equaliser – against Burton Albion, who played the second half with 10 men at Fratton Park on Tuesday.
These supporters aren’t holding out much hope for when Saints come to town…
Twitter: Rob: Southampton are going to be licking their lips watching us, as much as I hate to say it.
The mood is so low… https://t.co/GWChsTKs9x (@BluesNews_)
Twitter: If we beat scum next week (which we won’t) he’s got a lifetime contract let’s be honest, could be the worst thing #pompey (@jon_glen)
Twitter: Scum ticket for sale, £100 (that’s me paying you to take it off my hands) #Pompey (@DanColes3)
Twitter: Southampton are going to walk straight through our defence.
You always fancy yourself in a derby no matter what l… https://t.co/Dan0SAFMx8 (@robert89__)
Twitter: Only chance we have next Tuesday is if the ref hates the scum just like everyone else!
I don’t criticise our play… https://t.co/bgy2MHl5xB (@wayneharrispfc)
Twitter: @solentsport Garbage. We still look like a team of individuals, and we still have square pegs in round holes. The d… https://t.co/ljC2JLtfnG (@MikeTattooed)
Twitter: Portsmouth 0-54 Southampton
#pompey https://t.co/UQdj76K6py (@laurenjtolfrey)
Read Southampton’s verdict
This should be as comprehensive a victory as imaginable for Southampton next week. But, crucially, we all know that form goes out of the window when derby matches come around…
Pompey have been dreadful in League One so far, and Saints have the chance to move up to third in the Premier League if they beat Bournemouth on Friday night.
However, there’s absolutely no point in getting too carried away, even if the odds are stacked firmly in our favour.
It’ll be a big test at Fratton Park, and hopefully, our class will shine through and deliver us our first South Coast Derby win in 14 years.