A full 17 points above their local rivals, Championship leaders Southampton deserve to be Sportingbet’s 13/10 favourites ahead of the derby clash against Portsmouth if you use the table for clues.
However, the standings perhaps don’t tell the full story as 12/5 underdogs Pompey, who currently lie in 16th place have been strong at Fratton Park this season, winning six of their ten home matches and losing just two. Moreover, Saints have actually been fairly ineffective on the road, winning just three times in ten attempts so punters should tread carefully where the table-topping visitors are concerned.
It could be worth considering the stalemate then at 5/2 with while 888Sport offer 6/1 for a 1-1 scoreline but as it’s a tough to call game, punters may be better served by avoiding the match betting and focusing on a player instead.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert took his tally to 16 for the season with a brace against Blackpool last time out and he’s also responsible for penalties so he catches the eye at 11/2 (Betfred) to open the scoring.
Rickie Lambert to score first – 11/2 (Betfred)