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Failing strikers could draw a blank once again; STEVE DAVIES'S VERDICT.

Byline: STEVE DAVIES

HARRY REDKNAPP has had four days on the training ground to address some shambolic defending before today's clash with Tottenham.

The scars of back-to-back batterings in the last week are there for all to see and because of that, and because he is short of quality henchmen in midfield, expect to see slightly more pragmatism from Redknapp that might ordinarily be the case at home.

It's still essential that full-backs Glen Johnson and Nadir Belhadj do their jobs properly, and if they do it well Darren Bent may get fewer sighters on David James's goal than Jo, Robinho, Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba have enjoyed recently.

And lest we forget, Tottenham are still finding their feet under Juande Ramos and a 2-1 win at Newcastle in the Carling Cup probably tells us more about the Geordies than Spurs.

The match prices look about right and this could be quite a close call with neither team's strike force on fire.

Bet365's evens that one or both teams don't score - a bet that would have copped on seven of Pompey's last eight outings - is definitely worth an interest.

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2008
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