Football Rivalries: South Coast derby

Matt Le Tissier at Hampshire derbySouthampton v Portsmouth – FA Cup 5th Round – Pictures – Zimbio

Portsmouth vs Southampton is known as the South Coast Derby or the Hampshire derby.

The rivalry exists because of the rise in wealth of one of the cities – Portsmouth, whilst Southampton did not enjoy the same economic rise.

Before this there was no rivalry and if Southampton were playing away for example, their fans would go and watch Portsmouth.

Portsmouth have more honours than Southampton, yet the Saints have a better head-to-head record. Harry Redknapp famously left Portsmouth to join Southampton only to return to Pompey months later.

Both teams are set to do battle this year again in the Championship as Southampton returned to the Championship from League One and Portsmouth got relegated from the Premier League.

Southampton lead the head-to-head table.

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