Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Europa League predictions with Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic all in action.
Manchester United must be ‘ruthless’ with their January spending to help their young players reach their potential, Gary Neville tells Monday Night Football
Harry Maguire has struggled and they do not look a team at the moment. Even with the energy at the moment, they missed presence of Scott McTominay. These grounds are awkward to get results from but this will be another one of those nights for Manchester United.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
Highlights from the 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Southampton in the Premier League
They don’t want to see the defence, and if they come for a moan, which is in their veins, this will be awkward for the players. The youngsters are trying their best, but who deserves to be in the side? He will rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and, dare I say, Mesut Ozil, and so Nicolas Pepe will probably play.
Arsenal will win, but only by the enthusiasm of the youngsters. Martinelli has a great thing going for him so I think he will shine. As usual, there will be goals.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-2 (20/1 with Sky Bet)
Highlights from Wolves’ 2-1 win against Bournemouth in the Premier League
People aren’t complaining, everyone wants to play. They want to play rather than train. I think Wolves have got an ambition in this trophy and could be a dark horse – they are great value here and I expect them to continue their hot streak of form in this one.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
Celtic vs Rennes – Thursday, 8pm
Celtic have done a great job. I didn’t expect them to get the win at Lazio. It was a decent scalp and it took them long enough to get a scalp like that away from home. They are an attack-minded team and enjoy a lot of possession in their home matches, especially in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic are top of their group and want to win the group but Neil Lennon will make three or four changes nevertheless. They need to keep feeding players game time. I see them winning but it will be a tough one – it is a hard-working night but it is more about game time for some fringe players.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (8/1 with Sky Bet)
Feyenoord vs Rangers – Thursday, 5.55pm
It is a massive fixture. Everyone believes Feyenoord are in huge trouble and experiencing a crisis. It doesn’t mean it is bad – Jaap Stam has left and Dick Advocaat has come in, who will rack up and inject some aggression. I have played at Feyenoord a few times and it is a very hostile atmosphere.