SAINTS will have one foot in the Premier League if they avoid defeat at Pompey this weekend.

Providing they leave Fratton Park with at least a point, Nigel Adkins’ men will top the Championship table at Christmas.

And history suggests the side leading the way on December 25 will end up winning promotion.

Of the last 20 teams to be in first place on Christmas Day, 16 went on to reach the top flight at the end of the season. Even if Saints lose to their bitter rivals on Sunday, there is a strong chance they will remain at the summit.

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