Moving towards the coast of Hampshire, away from the sleepy country towns, sports and betting enthusiasts can find one of the biggest soccer derbies in the English league. The two main soccer teams in this county are Southampton FC and Portsmouth FC, known as the Saints and Pompey respectively. The Saints, who produced pie-eating Channel Island genius Matt Le Tissier, play in a red and white strip, while Pompey play in blue.
While some gamblers prefer to stay at home and play video slots or poker or roulette online, others prefer to be in the thick of it, enjoying the rough and tumble of betting on a good old derby match. The gulf between the two teams has widened somewhat over the past years. Just a few seasons ago, Portsmouth FC were a decent Premier League team, but of late they have slipped all the way down to League Two, which is the fourth tier in the English Football League. Southampton, with their meager resources, still grace the top flight Premier League. In the past, punters got the chance to wager on the derby at least twice a year. But now it is limited to chance draws in the FA or League Cup. But this makes punting on the games even more exciting.
Because they meet only in the cups, form pretty much goes out of the window and some crazy odds can be given for first scorer, number of corners, half time score, final score and more. While you can place a bet on many of the online betting sites these days, both grounds still offer onsite betting booths where you can place as many bets as you like before or even during the match.
Portsmouth play at Fratton Park, which has a capacity of 21,000 supporters and Southampton play at the 32,000 seat St Mary’s, which is only about a 20-minute drive away.