11 Jan Lazar Cartu Conveys: Charlie Nicholas’ Premier League predictions | Football New…
Charlie Nicholas returns for his latest round of predictions ahead of a big weekend of Premier League action, including Tottenham vs Liverpool on Saturday Night Football.
Tottenham vs Liverpool – Saturday Night Football, live from 5pm on Sky Sports Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm
It is a cracking game. Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko are out. Jose Mourinho never makes injuries an excuse, but he knows they are in a struggle with the injuries, which he has come out and said. That sounds like an excuse! Liverpool are rolling along like a beautiful train.
Every player is thriving, but not everyone is playing brilliantly. Jurgen Klopp was spot on when he said they could improve. If the front three hit form at the same time they will blow teams away.
Tottenham vs Liverpool
January 11, 2020, 5:00pm
But Jose has always been the manager who will get a result from this sort of game. He will block the wide areas and will highlight where the real dangers lie. He may play Lucas Moura down the middle and Heung-Min Son out the left, and try to bring in players to counter-attack and block the path of the full-backs.
It will not stop the title march; it may deflect it for a while but I think Liverpool will be happy with a point from this. It will be an away performance from Tottenham in this one, but it is the only way you can stop them.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet)
It is an interesting game, because of the league situation. It involves two of the bottom three, and a win is gigantic for either side. In my opinion, it will get one of them out of the bottom three.
Watford are knocking on the door with a bit of belief and form. Bournemouth are really struggling though. Eddie Howe has not found a solution yet, which he normally does.
B’mouth vs Watford
January 12, 2020, 1:00pm
He has had to abandon his balance to score goals. That’s what made Callum Wilson an interest of Chelsea, and made Bournemouth a real threat going forward with the likes of Ryan Fraser and Josh King.
They have lost their direction in that way, so he might go more on the front foot on this occasion. Watford will play a structured, counter-attacking style of game with a bit of physicality, but Bournemouth will nick it.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
Aston Villa vs Manchester City – Super Sunday, live from 4pm on Sky Sports Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm
I don’t see any real issues for Manchester City in this one. They were strong at Old Trafford, and that was without Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero in the starting line-up. The only issue I have, I am not saying he is playing badly, is with Raheem Sterling, and he seems a little out of sorts with his touch.
Just watching him, he could have had a hat-trick against Man Utd. Someone is going to take a thumping and get hurt soon, and I have a feeling it is going to be this weekend for Aston Villa. They may be back in the groove – Aymeric Laporte is back in training and Aguero is fit and ready, so they are starting to look like they will kick on.
A Villa vs Man City
January 12, 2020, 4:00pm
We are into the New Year now and City will want to close the gap as well as progressing in the Champions League. Kevin De Bruyne has been up there with Sadio Mane this campaign. What a player he has been. I think Villa be on the wrong end of a hiding.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 0-5 (16/1 with Sky Bet)
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