Charlie Nicholas

Football Expert

Full programme of midweek fixtures in the Premier League – watch highlights on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel

Last Updated: 22/01/20 4:32pm

Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions

The games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League, and Charlie Nicholas returns to give his predictions for the midweek fixtures.
Leicester vs West Ham, Wednesday 7.30pm 2:56 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham’s draw against Everton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham’s draw against Everton in the Premier League I watched West Ham at the weekend and they had a very good first half but did not put the game to bed. They missed the creativity from Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller was better – he should have scored a couple but didn’t. Mark Noble and Declan Rice were great, particularly Noble in the first half who was excellentAll of a sudden, Leicester are slumping. Brendan Rodgers has always strived for possession football, but sometimes the final pass is not executed. He needs James Maddison to stay on his feet – winning a free-kick in dangerous areas is clever, but stay on your feet and show us some of your magic. They are caught in a weird situation at the minute. Jamie Vardy has had a few chances and missed them. The two I mention are always Vardy and Maddison. Harvey Barnes took his goal well at the weekend but the likes of him, Demarai Gray and Ayoze Perez have to start delivering and do more. They are a bit unpredictable at the minute, and this makes me want to go with a draw once more.CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)Tottenham vs Norwich, Wednesday 7.30pm 2:45 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford’s draw with Tottenham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford’s draw with Tottenham in the Premier League How many teams are rebuilding? Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham all are. I do not know what Jose Mourinho is doing differently. The Harry Kane injury is a blow but Tottenham have handled an injury to Kane in the past. Dele Alli stropped when he was brought off, while Norwich grinded out a win.It is a must-win scenario for Tottenham. Jose has been brought in to deliver the top four, and if he does not do this he will be seen as a failure. The Tottenham players do not look as though they are enjoying their time right now. They will win this one, and I see it being comfortable enough for Tottenham.CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)Manchester United vs Burnley, Wednesday 8.15pm 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley’s win against Leicester in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley’s win against Leicester in the Premier League How do we work out Burnley? They are average at best but managed to drag out a result against Leicester. Sean Dyche demands passion and commitment from his team, but this was always the fabric of what Burnley were good at. What is their reaction to the big clubs? What are we going to see and what are we going to get? This is why they are in and around the bottom three.Man Utd were awful but came into it in the last 20 minutes against Liverpool. They probably did better than a lot expected. I think Burnley can go there and upset them. Chris Wood scored his goal and then Ashley Westwood nicked it against Leicester. I see an awkwardness around this once again.CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)Wolves vs Liverpool, Thursday 8pm 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League This is a cracking game and Liverpool will be on such a high. I genuinely thought Liverpool looked tired and leggy, especially at the end, against Manchester United. Have they enough to come in and cover this one up? Jurgen Klopp took Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino off in the latter stages, but it was a case of hanging in there and going a bit more defensively. I have never really seen that from Klopp but some of those players were dead on their feetAs cool as Virgil van Dijk and the back four have been, there was a vulnerability there. It was a massive game and they got the result. That being said, I see Liverpool’s first defeat of the season coming on Thursday, but it will not change the destiny of the Premier League title. 0:44 John Aldridge won a league title with Liverpool in 1988. He believes the current side could go down as the greatest in the club’s history. John Aldridge won a league title with Liverpool in 1988. He believes the current side could go down as the greatest in the club’s history. Wolves relish the games against the top-six sides. Wolves looked assured at Anfield but got nothing from it. Klopp may make some changes and it could disrupt them a little bit.CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (16/1 with Sky Bet)How to watch free highlightsAnybody in the UK can watch highlights for free shortly after full-time on the Sky Sports app or the Score Centre app on your iPhone or Android:To watch the highlights on the Sky Sports App, download the app: Sky Sports’ digital platforms are the home of live blogs for every Premier League game, including commentary, analysis and team line-ups.You can also head over to Sky Sports Football YouTube channel to watch highlights for free. Win £250,000 on Tuesday! FREE TO PLAY: Do not miss your chance to land the Super 6 jackpot for the sixth time this season on Tuesday.



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