We sat down with LV BET’s UK and Ireland brand ambassador, Jason McAteer, to get his take on some of the best upcoming Premier League fixtures.

Newcastle vs Everton 

Eddie Howe’s credit card was on fire. Over £80million spent in the window. From Everton’s point of view, you’re looking for a bounce, but for Newcastle, can their new players – who will probably start the game – get a result against an Everton team that will want to impress a brand new manager. 

It will be interesting to see what tactic Frank goes with. It will also be interesting to see whether Duncan Ferguson is still around in the dressing room and how Frank wants to go about it with the formation. Will he be pragmatic or let the reins off and see what Everton does. I think it will be a nervous display by Everton. Certainly away from home to Newcastle. 

Newcastle will have the crowd behind them with players that want to impress. 

I’m going to go with a convincing Newcastle win 3-0.

Burnley vs Manchester United

Burnley are desperate for points. 

They’ve lost Chris Wood to Newcastle in a big deal. Have they got the firepower to upset Manchester United? Well, I think Manchester United, as much as they’re still trying to find something, as much as all the egos in the dressing room are fighting, I think there’s enough quality for them not to slip up against Burnley. 

It will be a tough ask for Burnley to upset the apple cart. I’m going to go for a Manchester United 3-0 convincing win. 

  • A 3-0 Manchester United win is available at 11/1 (12.00)

Norwich vs Crystal Palace

Norwich are in a good vein of form. They’ve managed to claw themselves out of the relegation zone with three wins out of the last four. Dean Smith is doing a fantastic job. I still think they will end up in those relegation places come the end of the season, but they’ll put a fight. 

Palace, who are around eight or nine points ahead of them, certainly aren’t out of trouble, but they’ve certainly got enough to stay away from the red zone and stay in this division. Good performances from them recently and a good run of games coming up for Palace – this will certainly be one Patrick Viera will see as three points to push themselves more into that safety bracket and away from relegation. 

I’m going to go with Crystal Palace to nick it 1-0

  • A 1-0 Crystal Palace win is available at 24/5 (5.80)

Aston Villa vs Leeds

I’ve been really impressed with Villa ever since Steven Gerrard has taken over. I’m sure you’d imagine me saying that since he’s a friend of mine, but I do actually think he’s done a really good job. His influence of who he is has brought the likes of Coutinho to Villa Park, which I don’t think anyone would have seen. He got his goal, and he’s started to settle in. He needs to get into his form fitness-wise, but I’m sure that will happen sooner or later. 

I’ve been really impressed with the way Steven’s gone about his business. 

Bielsa’s struggling from the second-season syndrome. Precariously close to the relegation zone, I think they’ve only got 22 points on the board, and only a few separate them from the bottom three. You just don’t know what you get with Leeds. They can pull a performance out like they did against West Ham United and then go and lose to Newcastle, which was a must-win for them if they wanted to move into the safety bracket. 

I think it’s going to be a tough ask for Leeds against Villa; it’s going to be a great atmosphere in Villa Park. A draw is sticking out, but the way Villa are playing at the moment – with a little bit of Coutinho magic, if he starts, it could be the difference. 

I’m going to go 2-1 for Aston Villa. 

Wolves vs Arsenal

When the transfer window was open, business was getting done left, right and centre. Wolves losing Traore will be a big loss to them. As much as he wasn’t prolific in front of goal with assists, he was still a handful and will be a big loss to the way they play. I’ve been impressed with Wolves. They don’t score a lot, and they don’t concede a lot. It will be a big game, and a big ask for Arsenal away from home. 

I’m still tipping Arsenal to continue their good run in the league and finish in that fourth place. They’ll have a lot of players back from COVID-19, from injury and everything else Mikel Arteta said they’re struggling with. This break certainly would have helped Arsenal. 

In that respect, I’m going to go with Arsenal to nick it 1-0

Liverpool vs Leicester 

Liverpool have played Leicester a few times over the course of the last few months and have gotten the better of them – so they know what they’re coming up against. 

Leicester have struggled with a few injuries. They’ve not been as solid as they’ve been in the past seasons, and they’re missing big players in key areas. Jamie Vardy is playing more of a big role- maybe wrapped up in cotten wool. The break would have done them some good. They should be refreshed with everyone back firing on all cylinders. 

It will be a tough ask for Liverpool, but again, they’ve had their rest. Liverpool know they can’t slip up in this fight for the Premier League. There’s no room for error. I can’t see them letting this one slip, and the arrival of Diaz will certainly lift the mood of the camp. They’re in good form with a lot of confidence.

I’m going to go with a Liverpool win – I’m going to go 2-0

Jason McAteer Special Bets

  • Newcastle and Manchester Utd to win their matches on 08.02.2022 available at 7/2 (4.50)
  • Crystal Palace and Aston Villa to win their matches on 09.02.2022 available at 16/5 (4.20).


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