We continue our countdown to the first south coast derby for seven years with our Match Pack, in association with eToro, ahead of Southampton’s Carabao Cup trip to Portsmouth...
Portsmouth vs Southampton
Carabao Cup third round
Tuesday 24th September, 7.45pm BST
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Dean Whitestone
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Saints will be in their traditional home kit of red and white striped shirts, black shorts and red and white socks.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Local bragging rights and a place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
Saints have not beaten their local rivals since 2005 and have not tasted victory at Fratton Park since Steve Moran’s famous last-gasp winner way back in 1984.
In the last two meetings in 2011/12, when Saints won promotion from the Championship and Portsmouth were relegated, Pompey scored late levellers in both matches.
Saints saw their four-match unbeaten run come to an end on Friday night in the Premier League, but remain strong favourites to progress.
Portsmouth have not won a league game since August 10th, and are struggling to build on last season’s play-off finish.
Pompey are currently hovering just outside the League One relegation zone, but performances in cup competitions have been rather more encouraging for Kenny Jackett and co, reaching this stage by virtue of wins over Championship opponents Birmingham and QPR, along with back-to-back victories in the Leasing.com Trophy.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has vowed to pick his strongest available team for his first south coast derby.
Moussa Djenepo remains sidelined by a muscular problem, while Hasenhüttl also expressed concerns over Nathan Redmond in his pre-match press conference.
The winger returned from injury against Bournemouth on Friday, but limped off with cramp late on, so the boss may decide not to risk him from the start.
Portsmouth captain Tom Naylor is a doubt with knocks to the calf and thigh, while injured duo Marcus Harness and Lee Brown are unlikely to return in time to feature.
Striker Ellis Harrison, sent off at Wycombe on Saturday, is suspended for the tie.
Bournemouth (h) L 1-3 (Ward-Prowse pen)
Sheff Utd (a) W 1-0 (Djenepo)
Man Utd (h) D 1-1 (Vestergaard)
Fulham (a) W 1-0 (Obafemi) (Carabao Cup)
Brighton (a) W 2-0 (Djenepo, Redmond)
Wycombe (a) L 0-1
Burton (h) D 2-2 (Curtis, Pitman pen)
Norwich U21 (h) W 3-1 (Harrison 2, Flint) (Leasing.com Trophy)
Crawley (h) W 1-0 (Pitman) (Leasing.com Trophy)
Blackpool (a) D 1-1 (Harness)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "In every country there are important derbies, and this means players have previous experience, but I know this one is a very special one, because it is very long ago that this derby happened and this makes it so special for the fans.
"This means for us that we know that we can write a big history for every player who decides the game or who is in this team. We all know what it is about for the fans and we want to make them proud."
Kenny Jackett: “It’s a definite advantage for us to be at home and we have to make sure that we give a good account of ourselves.
“There are many derbies that are played all around the country and Portsmouth v Southampton is right up there among the best. It’s got a big reputation.”
ONE TO WATCH
James Ward-Prowse: Born in Portsmouth, Ward-Prowse has been on Saints’ books since the age of eight and is sure to be fired up on his first appearance at Fratton Park, if selected.
The midfielder scored his first goal of the season against Bournemouth on Friday, from the penalty spot.
That was one of seven shots he had on the night, suggesting his goal threat is increasing, and should the derby be as tight and tense as many predict, a moment of magic from a set-piece could decide it.
Ronan Curtis: London born to Irish parents, Curtis was plucked from Derry City last year and quickly made his mark in League One.
A tenacious winger with an eye for goal, the 23-year-old scored 12 goals in all competitions to help fire Portsmouth to EFL Trophy glory and into the League One play-offs.
His fine club form has already been rewarded with three Republic of Ireland caps – no mean feat for a player plying his trade in the third tier.
Based on 2018/19 stats, inclusive of all competitions.
Nathan Redmond 9
Danny Ings 8
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Danny Ings 3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 3
Jamal Lowe 17*
Brett Pitman 13
Gareth Evans 13
Ronan Curtis 8
Jamal Lowe 8*
Oliver Hawkins 6
*Player has since left the club
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
April 2012: Saints 2-2 Portsmouth (Sharp 2) (Championship)
December 2011: Portsmouth 1-1 Saints (Lambert) (Championship)
February 2010: Saints 1-4 Portsmouth (Lambert) (FA Cup)
April 2005: Portsmouth 4-1 Saints (Camara) (Premier League)
January 2005: Saints 2-1 Portsmouth (Oakley, Crouch pen) (FA Cup)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has never progressed beyond the League Cup third round as a manager – his previous three ties at this stage have all ended in defeat.
- Saints have progressed from each of their last seven League Cup third round matches since a 3-1 loss to Rotherham United in 2008/09.
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