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RESULT!: Spurs face the might of Hull at White Flag Lane.

Byline: DEREK McGOVERN

POOR old Juande Ramos.

His strikers, by his own admission, can't play together. His midfielders can't play. And his defenders can't.

There are three giveaway signs that you're a bad team. The first is when you try to sign Keith Gillespie. The second is when Keith Gillespie turns you down. The third is when more of your matches are shown by Channel Five than by Sky.

There's a fourth: when you're lying bottom of the table after six games and being outpointed by Hull, Stoke, a triangle, and Steve Bruce's nose.

Sunday's White Flag Lane clash between Spurs and Hull has set bookies a headache. At the beginning of the season you'd have got no longer than 4-11 about Spurs but the Londoners, who squeaked through to the group stage of the UEFA Cup last night, are on offer this weekend at 8-11. That might sound a steal to punters who bet on reputation but to the rest of us it's swerved as easily as a Tottenham defender. Spurs haven't won at home, Hull haven't lost away. Hull's only danger is complacency.

Backing the Tigers at 4-1 might go against the grain when you could reasonably have expected a month ago to get 8-1, but backing Spurs goes against logic.

Who will be bottom on Sunday night? 10-11 Spurs, 5-2 Newcastle, 4-1 Stoke, 11-2 Bolton.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JOHN SHAW
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2008
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