Charlie Nicholas makes Premier League predictions for Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City v Man Utd

Charlie Nicholas has revealed his prediction for the Manchester derby
Charlie Nicholas has revealed his prediction for the Manchester derby (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas expects defending Premier League champions Manchester City to defeat rivals Manchester United in this weekend’s derby.

The Red Devils defeated Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Wednesday, while City – currently 11 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool – smashed Burnley 4-1.

But Arsenal hero Nicholas believes United’s revival will be ‘short-lived’ and has told Sky Sports it will be a ‘blue day for Manchester’.

Nicholas has also backed his former club Arsenal to return to winning ways at West Ham, while he cannot see Liverpool slipping up at Bournemouth.

Man City vs Man Utd (Saturday, 5,30pm)

Does United’s victory over Spurs signify the turning of a corner under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? We’ve said that so many times, but we’ve been proven wrong on every occasion.

City have the fire, the burning desire back in their bellies, we saw that in the victory at Burnley, and it is for that reason why the United revival will be short-lived.

It will be a blue day in Manchester.

Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

Aston Villa vs Leicester City (Sunday, 2pm)

You are always unsure at how these games are going to go. Leicester have been flying without necessarily playing to their absolute best.

A few decisions have worked out for them, with Brendan Rodgers the beneficiary of luck when it has fallen his way.

The Premier League table doesn’t look attractive to Villa, but they play expansively and, with Leicester likely to open up the game, they could take something.

Aston Villa 2-2 Leicester City

West Ham vs Arsenal (Monday, 8pm)

These are two teams in a right mess. I saw more fight from Arsenal at Norwich, but it was a disaster defensively and a crazy team selection from Freddie Ljungberg.

West Ham will be up for it, as will Arsenal – they have a chance of catching up and getting back in the top six.

A bit of momentum can get you there. They have class up top, but West Ham are not showing a lot at the moment.

West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12.30pm)

Marco Silva’s immediate replacement may be a temporary one, but it will be one that should give Everton a much-needed lift.

I am not convinced by Chelsea’s defence, they looked uncomfortable at times against Aston Villa.

Things haven’t gone Everton’s way under Silva, but they are a team of scrappers, and I see them battling their way to three points.

Everton 2-1 Chelsea

Bournemouth vs Liverpool (Saturday, 3pm)

Everything Jurgen Klopp touches turns to gold. I thought he would rest players for this game but, no, he rested Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson in the Merseyside derby, and he was vindicated.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, are in free fall and lacking confidence. They are trying to be more solid defensively, but that is hampering them going forward.

It’s a dangerous combination for Eddie Howe’s side.

Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool 

Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)

Tottenham got a reality check at Old Trafford, with Manchester United exploiting their mess of a defence. Spurs were fortunate to escape with a 2-1 defeat.

Nothing appears to have changed since Jose Mourinho’s appointment. Burnley are the most unpredictable I have seen them under Sean Dyche.

They are usually strong at home but have been unable to perform consistently on the road. They won’t park the bus as Spurs, but they may have to because they are so week defensively.

That said, if Dyche can get a tune out of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, this will be an awkward afternoon for Tottenham.

Tottenham 1-1 Burnley

Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)

Crystal Palace are going ever so well, while Watford are in a mess trying to chase their tail. They are already seven points adrift and don’t look far away from needing three straight wins to move out of the relegation zone.

That’s a daunting task for any side, but they have to start on Saturday against Palace.

If they can get amongst the Palace players, rattle Wilfried Zaha and stymie Palace’s threat on the ball, Watford may just get something.

Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace

Newcastle United vs Southampton (Sunday, 2pm)

This is another belter of a game. Newcastle look to have finally cracked playing at St. James’ Park, as Manchester City will testify.

I got a lot of stick over the week for saying Steve Bruce was doing a better job than Rafael Benitez was. It seems some people can never give anyone credit for the job they are doing.

Southampton, meanwhile, are full of confidence after a couple of wins and in Danny Ings have one of the Premier League’s in-form strikers.

But apart from Ings, like Newcastle, Saints are struggling to find goals from elsewhere. I have a feeling this could be the weekend Joelinton and Miguel Almiron finally break their ducks.

Newcastle United 2-1 Southampton 

Norwich City vs Sheffield United (Sunday, 4.30pm)

Sheffield United are unbeaten on the road. Norwich have picked themselves up and they score goals, but Sheffield United will defend well and could have some joy on the counter.

That could get them over the line at Carrow Road.

Norwich City 1-2 Sheffield United 

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