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Southampton vs Portsmouth is an irrelevant rivalry, claims Danny Mills

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Southampton and Portsmouth are due to face each other for the first time in seven years tonight in the third round of the Carabao Cup. The last two fixtures have finished all square.

Derby matches are tasty affairs. Tensions are high, office spaces fall silent, friends don’t speak, families break up, relationships fall apart, tribal instincts return and people tend to get extremely violent and punch each other because, you know, football.

Even horses aren’t exempt from fan-delivered throttlings.

For everyone on the south coast, this particular match is a very big deal. The winner will be soaked in glory for the foreseeable future, while the loser will be left to contemplate their very existence.

For Danny Mills however, the south coast derby means very, very little.

In fact, the ex-Leeds United player considers the rivalry so insignificant in the grand scheme of footballing conflicts that he’s compiled a long-list of alternatives he believes are to be more important, reaching 33 before he gets bored…

Article title: Southampton vs Portsmouth is an irrelevant rivalry, claims Danny Mills

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