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Darren Bent issues verdict on Portsmouth v Southampton tie

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Portsmouth and Southampton have drawn each other in the third round of the Carabao Cup draw, meaning the two sides are set to compete in the first South Coast derby for seven years.

Pompey pulled off an upset against QPR in the second round, beating the Championship side 2-0 to earn their place in the third round draw.

They now welcome Premier League side, and local rivals, Southampton to Fratton Park on the 24th of September.

Speaking to EFL on Quest, former England striker Darren Bent provided his verdict on the South Coast Derby being drawn in the third round of the cup.

He said: “Derbies are always special but I don’t think that derby gets enough coverage.

“This derby has real hatred there and I can’t wait to see this fiery tie.”

The two sides last met when they both played in the Championship in the 2011/2012 season, with both games ending as draws.

Their last cup meeting came in the FA Cup in 2010, when Pompey hammered their South Coast rivals 4-1 at Fratton Park.

Southampton may have had better fortunes since their last meeting but they have not won a South Coast Derby in over 14 years.

The clash has included some magical moments over the years, including David Norris’ late equaliser in 2012, so it looks set to be a tasty meeting in late September.

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The Verdict

Bent may be right, the South Coast derby doesn’t seem to get a great amount of coverage, potentially because it has happened so rarely in recent years.

Southampton, who play two leagues higher than their rivals, will undoubtedly enter the game as favourites but they have not made a fantastic start to the season and are currently in the relegation places with just three points from three games.

Their hosts have had a similarly underwhelming start to the 2019/20 campaign, with just four points in the league.

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