Jason McAteer

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Firstly, from my point of view, it’s nice for Liverpool to get a team in the top six at the minute because when you lose to teams at the bottom of the division, the criticisms that come your way are non-stop, so it’s nice to play one of the bigger boys. 

I think Liverpool always rise to the occasion. Certainly, against Manchester City and a couple of games in the Champions League, they kind of lifted their performances and their quality when the bigger opponents came to visit or they go to their ground. I am really looking forward to it. I think it’s a good game for Jurgen and his boys; it’s fair to say that in the past two games, Forest and Leeds have been very disappointing. The performances have been a little bit lacklustre, especially after the result against Manchester City, which was a massive stride in the right direction. 

I thought we were going to go on a run. Unfortunately, we came back to Earth with a big bump, and the lads need to raise the game. 

The game against Tottenham, although Spurs are sitting in third I haven’t been impressed with them and Antonio Conte’s pragmatism towards certain games. He kind of waits for it to happen. He has a lot of quality in his squad, and sometimes you want him to let the reigns off, and I think in response to being quite cautious when he comes up against the big teams; Newcastle, Chelsea, and Manchester United, they have fallen short and by a long way as well, which is not good if you are going to challenge for the Premier League.

Although they sit third, I think it’s a false position for them. In saying that, they have great goal-scorers and players that can produce something out of nothing in moments of magic, obviously Harry Kane, Son, and Kulusevski – who they are hoping to be fit and firing on all cylinders and Bentancur. What they got is a bite. Last weekend, they went two nill down and managed to turn that around, which showed great character. I was a bit disappointed for them as well mid-week in the Champions League; I thought Harry Kane’s goal should have stood, I think VAR got it wrong. 

I think it’s going to be a very, very close match, and I am gonna go for a draw priced at 11/4 (3.75)

So my LV BET builder for Tottenham vs Liverpool game this weekend is going to be: Match Result is going to be a draw, a correct score of 2-2 valued at 10/1 (11.00) and any player to score at any time Nunez for Liverpool at 13/10 (2.30)

Chelsea vs Arsenal 

The other big game during the weekend is obviously Chelsea vs Arsenal. 

Graham Potter, who had a fantastic start to life in Chelsea, has come down to Earth with a bump, and ironically it’s against the team that he left in Brighton. It was also Di Zerbi’s first win in charge for Brighton, which was quite emphatic as well. 

Graham Potter has tinkered about wingbacks Raheem Sterling has played there Pulisic has played there it hasn’t quite worked yet made a few changes few tweaks here and there to the formation but not quite settled as yet.

For Arsenal, we wondered if there is going to be a stutter at any point for them having had a bad result against Southampton and obviously PSV. You wondered how they would respond to that, but they did so in great fashion as they put five past Forest, who did not manage to cope with Arsenal as they did with Liverpool. 

Arsenal were absolutely fantastic throughout the game. Granit Xhaka has been the main man for them this season, was excellent. Jesus, although not amongst the goalscorers, he’s always at the right place at the right time, more often than not, which is a good sign even though you are not scoring. 

Saka went off injured, which could be a worry for Mikel Arteta, but Nelson came on and scored a couple of goals which is great for them. Arsenal sits at the top of the table is it a shock to beat Chelsea? I wouldn’t say it’s a shock for Arsenal to beat Chelsea, and that is what I am going for!

I am going for a 3-1 win for Arsenal against Chelsea and a goal for Jesus; the World Cup is on the horizon. He’s been in really good form, although not scoring, I think this big game could whet his appetite, and he could just nick one and get back on the goal-scoring charts

My LV bet builder for Chelsea vs Arsenal game is going to be: Match result: Arsenal to win 7/4 (2.75), correct score 3-1 win for Arsenal at 18/1 (19.00) and Gabriel Jesus to score anytime during the match at 3/2 (2.50). 


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