Mythbusters: 4 favourites to back against on Saturday
Newly-promoted Cardiff are among the underdogs that are good value to defy the odds this weekend. If you fancy them all, back the 15/2 double chance accumulator.
Bournemouth not to beat Cardiff –
In the last eight Premier League seasons, nine of the 13 promoted clubs not pitted against top-six clubs on the opening day have avoided defeat.
Given Bournemouth are perennial slow starters, Cardiff – who lost just two of their last 11 away games at the end of last season – have every chance of extending that record on Saturday.
Eddie Howe’s hosts have lost the first match in each of their three Premier League seasons – twice to teams that would go on to be relegated – and were defeated in their first four matches of last term.
They only managed victories against relegated sides West Brom and Swansea in their last six at the Vitality Stadium last term.
Rotherham not to beat Ipswich –
The signings of Toto Nsiala and Jon Nolan, two players that manager Paul Hurst worked with at Shrewsbury last season, further strengthens an Ipswich squad that is shaping up nicely.
Two other new additions, Gwion Edwards and Tayo Edun, scored in the Tractor Boys’ encouraging 2-2 draw with Blackburn last weekend, so backing them to avoid defeat at Rotherham is logical.
The Millers were battered 5-1 at Brentford last weekend, and won just one of their last 10 home matches in their last Championship campaign two years ago.
Stoke not to beat Brentford –
Having inflicted that damage on Rotherham, Brentford are a good bet to do the business against tougher opposition.
Dean Smith’s side appear to have discovered a clinical edge that can further improve their record of losing just three of their last eight away games of last season, particularly given the way that Stoke defended at Leeds in their opening match.
The hosts played with little cohesion at Elland Road, and could find it difficult to overcome the psychological burden of having failed to win any of their last eight home matches of last season.
Rochdale not to beat Peterborough –
Rochdale won just one of their last six home matches at the end of last season, and are unlikely to improve that record against Peterborough on Saturday.
The hosts scored more than once just twice in their last 14 league games at Spotland last term, keeping two clean sheets in their last nine.
Steve Evans’ visitors got their season off to a winning start against Bristol Rovers last week, justifying their status as one of the favourites for promotion.
*Odds subject to change.
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