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.

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These supporters aren’t holding out much hope for when Saints come to town…

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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… 

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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.

Who will win next week?

Pompey

Saints