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.
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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)
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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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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Aston Villa’s draw against West Ham in the Premier League
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.
Aston Villa are vulnerable defensively, but can counter-attack with John McGinn and Jack Grealish, while Wesley is a handful up front. It should be comfortable but I don’t think it will be and there will be goals.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 4-2 (33/1 with Sky Bet)
Charlie’s earlier predictions…
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Friday
It is little Bournemouth against mighty Southampton, as they used to say. Bournemouth tend to travel but do not truly believe that the system is the right one for them. Eddie Howe doesn’t always have a plan B. They won easily against Everton and you want them to believe a bit more. I think that frailty defensively always puts that seed in their head. Do they overcommit in attack, which then leaves them vulnerable? It will be a good watch.
Che Adams needs a goal for Southampton. With the lack of strikers they have, he should expect pressure – that is what comes with being a Premier League striker. They have to prove themselves. He has lacked chances and that is always a worry for me. I have a feeling on Friday that it could be his day.