Mythbusters: 4 favourites to be wary of this weekend
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Myth: Everton to beat out-of-form Hull
Hull may already look doomed, but their recent home form can offer them some kind of hope against Everton on Friday.
Mike Phelan’s side have lost just one of their last five matches at the KCOM Stadium, including victory over top-half Southampton.
But it is Everton’s form on the road that casts the most doubt over this supposed away banker.
Ronald Koeman’s team had lost four away matches in a row before their Boxing Day victory at Leicester – a game that, by all accounts, they were a little lucky to win.
That run of defeats included going down at both Burnley and Watford, while they lost at Bournemouth in September, too.
Hull won this fixture the last time the two sides met, and are available at to do the same here, while a draw is available at .
Myth: Forest's dismal run to continue at Newcastle
Newcastle have only dropped points in two-match clumps this season.
Rafa Benitez’s side lost their first two games of the season, failed to win consecutive matches in September, and were recently beaten in back-to-back league games by Blackburn and Nottingham Forest.
So after losing to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day last time out, that pattern could continue with a second defeat to Forest inside a month.
Benitez will be further concerned by his side keeping just two clean sheets in their last seven matches, as well as winning only one of their last three home league games.
Despite Forest sitting 20th in the Championship, they have produced excellent spells this season.
Just a month ago, they scored a cumulative nine goals to win three consecutive matches against Ipswich, Barnsley and Newcastle.
Philippe Montanier’s side to rediscover the same form and beat the Magpies again is available at , while a draw can be backed at .
Myth: MK Dons to overcome relegation-threatened Swindon
For a relegated side, MK Dons’ return of just one home league win this season is poor.
Though they won their grudge match against AFC Wimbledon at Stadium MK earlier this month, they reverted to type against Charlton on Boxing Day.
The same run has seen them lose home games against Bury and Chesterfield – two sides sitting below them in League One.
That should offer some hope to Swindon, who are also perched below Robbie Neilson’s side.
The Robins are not in the best form, either, although they did prove their potential recently with a win over promotion hopefuls Bradford.
The visitors – who, despite their lowly position, have scored in nine of their last 12 matches – will aim to expose a home defence that has kept just two clean sheets in 12 league games.
Watched from the stands by Tim Sherwood, they are available at to win, and to draw.
Myth: Luton to sting the Bees
Much of the evidence points towards an upset in this game.
Luton have failed to win any of their last three league home games, including, most recently, defeat to mid-table Colchester.
Barnet, meanwhile, have won all of their last three away matches, and are unbeaten on the road in six.
That run includes 2-0 victories over then-top Plymouth and fellow promotion-hopefuls Wycombe.
The Bees have lost just one of their last 10 league games, and are available at to extend that run with a draw.
They can be backed at , meanwhile, to cause a bigger upset and win this game.