Former Portsmouth captain Liam Lawrence has looked back to his South Coast derby experience after speaking to the club’s official channels.
Pompey have been drawn against Southampton in the Carabao Cup third round, in a game which is to be played on 24th September, meaning they will face off for the first time since 2012, as per 11v11.
His last derby came earlier in that season, in December 2011, when Joel Ward scored a late goal to earn a 1-1 draw, with Lawrence remembering the unrelenting noise and incredible atmosphere on the day.
There have already been some interesting match-ups in the Carabao Cup this season, with the first round bringing together AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons, as well as Salford City versus Leeds United, as per Google.
However, the fact that Portsmouth and Southampton haven’t met for approximately seven years, combined with the derby’s intensity, surely makes this the most interesting match of the lot at this point.
Pompey have some catching up to do in the derby, having won 21 of their encounters with Southampton, drawn 15 games and lost 34 times, though the pleasure of knocking their rivals out of the cup would likely provide enough pleasure for now.
This should be a brilliant game to watch and it is highly likely everyone will be very much up for it, especially when it is considered how long it has been since the two teams played each other.
The clubs may not be in the same division now, but there is every chance Portsmouth can win this game, with the game being at Fratton Park a definite advantage.
We have already seen Norwich City beaten by Crawley Town and Sunderland overcome Burnley in the Carabao Cup this season, which happened without the added element of the rivalry.
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