Mythbusters: 4 favourites to back against on Saturday
We search the Premier League, Championship and La Liga for the underdogs who could cause a shock this weekend.
Newcastle not to beat Bournemouth -
The points aren’t yet flowing, but there are signs that Bournemouth’s season is beginning to come together.
Since losing their opening two matches, four of the Cherries’ five defeats have been against Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Chelsea.
Only one of those defeats – at the Emirates – was by more than one goal, while in the other, at Everton, they led with less than 15 minutes remaining.
Taking seven points from their other three games – against Brighton, Leicester and Stoke – is a much better indicator of their chances of earning at least a point in this match.
Southampton not to beat Burnley -
Burnley’s recent loss at Manchester City was only their second of the season, yet they are a healthy price to avoid defeat at Southampton on Saturday.
Sean Dyche’s side have emerged with at least a point from matches at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton, while Monday’s home win over Newcastle proved that they are capable of breaking down stubborn opposition.
Southampton, who have failed to beat Swansea, Watford and Newcastle at St Mary’s already this season, are not a good bet to end the Clarets’ impressive run.
Norwich not to beat Bolton -
Bolton may sit bottom of the Championship, but their recent improvement renders them a fine bet to frustrate Norwich on Saturday.
After losing eight straight matches, Phil Parkinson’s side have not lost any of their last four, winning one and leading in three matches that they ended up drawing.
The Trotters can extend that run against Daniel Farke's visitors, who have lost twice inside the last week.
Atletico Madrid not to beat Deportivo -
That Atletico Madrid have lost just once in all competitions this season is a misleading statistic.
Remarkably, Diego Simeone’s side have drawn six of their last seven games, a run that includes dropped points against Qarabag (twice), Leganes, second-tier Elche, and Villarreal.
Indeed, Saturday’s hosts have not scored more than once in any of their last eight.
Deportivo won 3-1 at Las Palmas in their first league game under new manager Cristobal Parralo on Monday, and are primed to take advantage by earning at least a point.