Charlie Nicholas’ Europa League predictionsCat:未分類
Charlie Nicholas returns with his predictions to the teams this week getting their Europa League campaigns.
There are five clubs involved in the European competitions this season, including Arsenal, that are looking to go one better than their final defeat last year.
And Soccer Saturday’s Charlie has contributed his predictions for the forthcoming fixtures…
God only knows what defence Unai Emery will select. I really don’t know we will need to mention it since Arsenal fans. They are good as will be the youngsters, moving forward. The balance from midfield front is not bad but it’s scary how poor Arsenal are.
What is the attraction to Sokratis Papastathopoulos? I would play with with Kieran Tierney on Thursday and see if Hector Bellerin could begin. Seeing Sunday’s game against Watford, once you visit David Luiz giving instructions with 20 minutes to go, you know that you’re in trouble.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is still game time away from being fit. If Shkodran Mustafi was brought back it would be the end . We need to have Bellerin Rob Holding and then Tierney back to the side. I would take a bang and play with these players to give them game time and allow them to get match fitness.
Nicolas Pepe was horrible contrary to Watford. The Way Emery shot Dani Ceballos along with Mesut Ozil off ahead of him was me. It’s starting to effect Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a few of the players that are young. Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock arrived and could not retain the ball.
It’s the supervisor’s responsibility. This must be resolved by him and come to some conclusion on the best way to sort this out. Tierney, Bellerin, and Holding should play – I would play with them this week and take a beat when it meant they got.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
Astana will come along with’park the’ bus’. Manchester United weren’t brilliant at the weekend, however it was a fabulous result – they nearly stumbled but it’s all about getting the three points, in what had been a game to yourselves, and they didn’t.
It doesn’t make a big difference that Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were missing – . That is just another game in which they will get on the line, in fashion although it isn’t persuasive with United.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Nuno Espirito Santo will wish to have one over on the side. Braga are dangerous but don’t travel well. Are caught up in the emotion of their Europa League? They took their foot as they had been thumped from Chelsea.
They had been blown away during weekend and make errors and also it had been really unlike these to concede five. They will have to get back to basics and find a win in in the Premier League, however this will be taken by Nuno seriously and that I expect Wolves to be strong here, getting off to a start in the group stages.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Rennes have begun well in Ligue 1. I hope that M’Baye Niang won’t be playing. He’s lightning quick, almost a version of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. These guys move and can play, and that’s what Celtic fight against.
Celtic will be good on the counter-attack, but their reputation is the same. They get frightened when they travel away from home. They don’t know whether to play with a sport or not and where to throw their defence. They are going to have players and pace out wide. Celtic nevertheless have injuries that are defensive and will not threaten here.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
This will be a fiery game. Feyenoord have a standing. Feyenoord have the passion but are not bringing the service they’d always bring. Rangers enjoy these nights which is precisely the reason why Steven Gerrard is there.They have not clicked into gear just yet though. Jaap Stam’s side will sit for 20-25 minutes and this may cause frustration about Ibrox – that is when they could pounce.
Alfredo Morelos is your danger and Feyenoord will be winding up him if they could get to him to see. He seems a great deal calmer than what he’s been in the past! It is not an easy night. It will be tense and physical. If Rangers have the knowledge to get through these games 16, I really don’t know.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Charlie’s earlier forecasts…
This is going to be a test for the Champions League holders. We saw a side that was vulnerable to their defence at the weekend , conceding after just seven minutes from Newcastle. They’ve walked away comfortably and won, but that isn’t the point.The gap Roberto Firmino makes is incredible. He doesn’t get the goals which Mohamed Salah has the pace which Sadio Mane does but he has skill and cunning gets. He’s a team player and is my favourite out of the three, my favorite though he could be easier to mark than another two.
Liverpool have not improved in midfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a baseball player. Those three have to be on their match to win games although we understand they’re a good side.
Napoli are all all-action and very strong in the home, but not convincing away from your house. Dries Mertens simply rocks up and does the job. He has big targets and I expect him to catch another.
CHARLIE PREDICTED: 2-1
Tammy Abraham’s aims are gigantic however Mason Mount’s performances have been remarkable. England U21 players have scored all 11 Premier League goals thus far that will be remarkable. I thought they’d be at Wolves in trouble but I was wrong. They have good energy and great pace . It’s an method of playing Frank Lampard.
Valencia sacked their boss and I don’t see them being as flamboyant. They’ll attempt to counter-attack that will allow it to be hard for Abraham and Mount to understand.
CHARLIE PREDICTED: 1-0