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EPL 13/11/04 Southampton v Pompey

Southampton's England striker James Beattie, left-back Graeme Le Saux and French winger Fabrice Fernandes are all in contention to face Portsmouth.

Captain Jason Dodd could also return, while keeper Kasey Keller has joined on a one-month loan from Spurs.

Portsmouth's Nigel Quashie and Linvoy Primus face late tests on leg injuries before Harry Redknapp names his team.

Patrik Berger has recovered from a groin strain, and Gary O'Neil is back from his loan spell at Cardiff.




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Southampton (from): Blayney, Kenton, Lundekvam, Jakobsson, Le Saux, Nilsson, Telfer, Delap, A Svensson, Beattie, Phillips, Crouch, Blackstock, Ormerod, Higginbotham, Van Damme, Fernandes, Dodd, Folly, Prutton, Poke, Keller

Portsmouth (from): Hislop; Primus, de Zeeuw, Stefanovic, Unsworth, LuaLua, Faye, Quashie, Berger, Yakubu, Fuller, Griffin, Hughes, O'Neil, Mezague, Taylor, Cisse, Pulis, Ashdown



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BIG-MATCH FACTS


SOUTHAMPTON and Portsmouth square up to each other for a high noon Saturday south coast showdown. The struggling Saints, having slumped in the League, were slaughtered in the League Cup midweek. Meanwhile patched-up Pompey progressed to the quarter-finals, courtesy of a Yakubu couple, and have sights set on a possible top six spot if they can sweep to success in the skirmish of St Mary's.

Saints were already at a very low ebb before Tuesday's 5-2 embarrassment at Championship side Watford. They're without a win in ten Premiership games under Steve Wigley and goal difference separates them from the top flight basement. With a trip to Norwich and home match with Crystal Palace to come this month, followed in December by a visit to Manchester United and home fixture with Middlesbrough, it's vital the Solent side do more than draw - as they have on the last three Premiership exchanges.

The Saints have won five of the last six home League and Cup encounters with their fierce local rivals.

PORTSMOUTH go into the 50th all-time Premiership match, eight places and seven points superior to their local adversaries.

Harry Redknapp's side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when going down 3-0 away to Aston Villa last weekend. They're yet to record a League victory on the road. Indeed they're searching for only a third maximum from the 25th away game in their Premier League history. This encounter brings together the club who've conceded fewest goals in Premiership history (Portsmouth, 69) against the one who've shipped most (Southampton, 207) but while Pompey have only played 49 matches, Saints have completed 480.

Southampton won this corresponding fixture 3-0 on 21 December last year. The performance caused Pompey manager Harry Redknapp to originally cancel Christmas for his team. Pompey's only maximum in six League trips along the south coast since 1965, was 0-2 in the top flight on 3 January 1988.


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Referee:

Graham Poll (Tring)
Graham Poll has officiated more Premiership matches than any other referee this season. This will be his 12th game, the second time he has been in control of a Southampton League game, and the first time for a Portsmouth match.


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SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

SOUTHAMPTON


Club stats
Fixtures
18th 8 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 17th
Lowest could fall: BOTTOM

Not won in three in all competitions.
Drawn two and lost one League and Cup matches since beating Colchester 3-2 in the Carling Cup on 27 October.
This will be Steve Wigley's 14th match since succeeding Paul Sturrock, and so far he has five draws and five defeats in the Premiership to his name, plus two victories over Northampton and Colchester in the Carling Cup, and the humiliating defeat at Vicarage Road.
One win in eight in all competitions.
Pressing for a first win in 11 top tier duels.
Drawn the last three Premiership outings.
Picked up just five points from the last available 30.
The 3-2 win over Blackburn on 21 August is Southampton's only League maximum this season, and only win in 17 Premiership matches.
One of three clubs to have claimed just one Premiership victory. Only Norwich are winless.
One of four clubs to have lost six Premiership matches. The others are Blackburn, Crystal Palace and Fulham.
One of three clubs to have dropped as many as 28 Premiership points. The others are Blackburn and Norwich.
Scored only 10 times in the top division. Only Spurs and Birmingham (eight each) have found the net less often.
Failed to score in six top League encounters - more than any other club.
Scored first in a mere three top tier encounters. Only Blackburn and Norwich have fared less well - netting the first goal in two matches each.
Fourth bottom of the Premiership's Last Six Current Form Table with four points from the 18 available.
Scored the quickest top flight goal this season - James Beattie after 12 seconds against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 28 August.
Kept just three clean sheets in League contests this season.
Managed only three block outs in 20 top League encounters.

Mustered only six home Premiership points so far. Only Norwich (four) and Spurs (five) have posted fewer.
One of five clubs to have won only once in home Premiership encounters. Norwich are winless.
Striving for a first maximum in six home League encounters.
Lost two and drawn three of the last five Premiership matches at St Mary's, in that order.
PORTSMOUTH


Club stats
Fixtures
10th 15 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 6th
Lowest could fall: 15th

Won three of the last four League and Cup games.
Lost only one of the last five Premiership matches.
The current tally of 15 points after 11 games, is three better than at this identical stage last season - their only previous Premier League campaign. Then 15 points were accrued after the first 12, 13 and 14 games and the club eventually finished 13th.
Managed two Premiership clean sheets this season, and a mere five in 2004.
Only West Brom, Newcastle and Blackburn have managed fewer Premiership block-outs so far (one each).
Scored in all but three of the last 21 League games.
Gone 26 games since a no score draw in the top division - the most recent being home to Wolves on 31 January.
Boast the highest number of players to have started every one of their Premiership campaign this season (three).

Without an away League victory in six.
Lost four and drawn two League games on the road since winning 1-2 at relegated Leeds on 25 April.
Lost 11 of the last 16 top flight games on the road.
Sitting fourth bottom in the Premiership's "Away" table, with two points - Blackburn have one point, West Brom and Southampton, two each.
Scored only four League goals on the road. Tottenham, Southampton and Blackburn have scored less - just three each of their Premiership travels.


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KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

SOUTHAMPTON


Squad profiles

James BEATTIE scored three goals in two of the three League and Cup meetings with Portsmouth last season.
If he plays, Peter CROUCH will be facing a former club.
If he figures, Fabrice FERNANDES will be making his 100th appearance for Southampton.
PORTSMOUTH


Squad profiles

If he participates, Eyal BERKOVIC will be facing a former club.
If he keeps goal, Shaka HISLOP will be making his 350th club League appearance, and 200th English top flight appearance.
If involved, Dejan STEFANOVIC will be making his 50th appearance for Portsmouth.


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LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:
Southampton 3-0 Portsmouth
21 December 2003 - Ref: Jeff Winter
Southampton scorers: Dodd 34, Pahars 67, Beattie 90




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HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Southampton 13 wins, Portsmouth 7, Draws 8
Prem: Southampton 1 win, Portsmouth 1, Draws 0

HEAD TO HEAD at Southampton
League: Southampton 6 wins, Portsmouth 4, Draws 4
Prem: Southampton 1 win, Portsmouth 0, Draws 0

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Well its the South coast derby game with vehment hatred between the fans.
Southampton have been so poor recently and losing 5-2 to Watford midweek cant have done confidence any good.

Even though its at St. Marys I think Pompey might shade it if their fire power is up to it. Leaving Soton well in the relegation mire.

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