Koeman relishing rare derby showdown

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SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman can’t wait to get his first taste of a south-coast derby when Bournemouth visit St Mary’s on Sunday (Monday in Manila). With Southampton’s traditional enemies Portsmouth currently languishing in the fourth tier, Bournemouth’s arrival in the Premier League this season has given Koeman’s side a genuine local rival to spar with. Just 31 miles separate St Mary’s from Bournemouth’s Dean Court, but the clubs have met only three times — all in the 2010-11 season — in the last 27 years and have faced off just 21 times ever.

AFP

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