Charlie Nicholas returns with his Premier League predictions, including wins for Manchester City and Arsenal, but who will come out on top in Chelsea vs Liverpool?
Frank Lampard welcomes Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten Reds to Stamford Bridge live on Sky Sports on Super Sunday, with Manchester United also travelling to West Ham earlier in the day.
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League
Barnes has not played as much and should be trusted more. Jamie Vardy’s pace and movement always gets goals. Do they have enough at the back and in midfield? Hamza Choudhury and Wilfried Ndidi are young, energetic and enthusiastic. I do not see them being overly balanced though. Sometimes you need to get it into Vardy earlier rather than overpassing.
Tottenham, we were told, have calmed down after the Crystal Palace game. Christian Eriksen stays put and they have their private chat, but I don’t think that is the case. I don’t think Danny Rose is happy – how long will it be until he comes out and says he is not happy? Will Eriksen stay in the team now that Dele Alli is back? Does Heung-Min Son edge out Lucas Moura? There are so many questions.
I think Leicester could turn them over. With the aggression and passion, they can control the passing and keep the ball, sit back and counter-attack if needs be. Barnes needs to grow, but needs the opportunity to grow, and this could be the game for him.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
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Ashley Barnes is delivering for Burnley and Chris Wood needs to start doing the same. Burnley have got their honesty back. They will be saying, ‘This is how we set up and how we play, and this is why we are a Premier League team’. It will be a pretty comfortable afternoon for Burnley.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
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Richarlison is guaranteed a dozen or so a season. I would break it down and play Kean, Richarlison, Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin all together. That is a decent front four in terms of pace, movement and creative ability. Everton’s defence has started the season OK but has been average since. It doesn’t fit right, but this is probably a game where the crowd could get on their back. It is about easing that feeling and helping the manager out.
When we mention top-six threats, we do not mention Everton, we say Leicester and Wolves. They will just have enough to stumble over the line here. Sheffield United are still trying to adjust to the right system that suits them. I do not see a lot of goals for them. I expect Everton to snatch a winner later on.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
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At the moment, Man City have defensive frailties and injuries. Fernandinho can play there and is comfortable doing so, Rodri could play there if needed, but Kyle Walker played as a back three for England and Guardiola could be tempted with him. I would fancy Walker to play there ahead of Nicolas Otamendi sometimes, but his passing at right-back is sometimes average.
Watford got out of jail against Arsenal, and that was from living off mistakes. I do not see Manchester City being upset by the way Watford play. I think a few may get a rest, but City will be angered by last weekend and will want to close the gap quite quickly, with Liverpool having a tough game this weekend.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win over Leicester in the Premier League
West Ham always have an angle of anger when Manchester United come. West Ham are a strong side and their midfield is physical – I don’t know what Man Utd’s situation will be. They will be tired playing on a Thursday night and will see where they are regarding injuries. It was a big win against Leicester for Man Utd, and Marcus Rashford is a big hope when Anthony Martial is out. I do not see a style with Man Utd and West Ham are capable of beating them here.
Felipe Anderson started the season slow last year and then started to influence the team more. Manuel Lanzini is back in and Sebastian Haller looks a handful up front – they were the best I have seen them defensively on Monday too.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (11/1 with Sky Bet)
West Ham vs Man Utd
September 22, 2019, 1:00pm
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There are a lot of goals for Arsenal at home. Dani Ceballos must play and Mesut Ozil too – they moved it around well last week. I like Mateo Guendouzi but he is young, naïve and gets attracted to the ball. They need to sort themselves out in defence and if they are not good enough, you leave them out. Put Lucas Torreira in front of midfield.