Charlie Nicholas returns with his forecasts for the teams getting their Champions League and Europa League campaigns this week.
You will find nine British clubs involved in the European competitions this season, including Liverpool, that want to defend their Champions League title.
And Soccer Saturday’s Charlie has awarded his predictions for the forthcoming fixtures…
This is going to be a check for the Champions League holders. We found a vulnerable side at the weekend to their defence, conceding after just seven minutes against Newcastle. They’ve walked away comfortably and obtained, but this is not the point.
Is unbelievable. He does not get the aims which Mohamed Salah gets or has the pace which Sadio Mane does but he’s skill and cunning. He can be my favorite out of the three, my favorite to watch and is a team player, though he may be a lot easier to mark than the other two.
Liverpool have not improved in midfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still a baseball player. These three need to be on their match to win matches although we understand they’re a good side.
Napoli are all very strong at home and all-action, but not convincing . Dries Mertens up simply rocks and does this job. Objectives that are big are got by him and that I expect him to grab another through the week.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
The performances of Mason Mount have been remarkable although tammy Abraham’s intentions are gigantic. All 11 Premier League goals have been scored by england U21 players thus far that’s remarkable. I believed they would be at Wolves in trouble but I was incorrect. They have great energy and speed . It’s an method of playing Frank Lampard.
Their manager was sacked by valencia and I don’t see them being flamboyant. They will attempt to counter-attack that will allow it to be difficult for Mount and Abraham to comprehend.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
This really is an awkward one. Tottenham were quite striking in the first half against Crystal Palace, which allowed them to facilitate down to next gear in the second half. They retained hold of Christian Eriksen and things have calmed down a little. He began against Palace, so is the it has calmed down?
His staff has shifted too much and that is why they seem vulnerable in the back. This really is an embarrassing trip and those are harmful teams, although I would envision Tottenham would try to control possession. Tottenham are unpredictable.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
Manchester City found this one tough season. Shakhtar have brought in a little bit of pedigree but that’s becoming less and less as the years progress. They are getting those titles and it takes the creative capability they were dangerous with. They are not quite sure whether they should be contesting or maybe never.
City will be badly winded after the Norwich match. Aymeric Laporte is a huge miss for them. I really don’t know why Pep Guardiola made a decision to depart Kevin de Bruyne out. This is going to be a win to acquire back the Premier League winners .
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 0-4 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
God knows what defence Unai Emery can select. I really don’t know how often we will need to mention it. They are quite great as are the youngsters, going forward. It’s frightening how awful Arsenal are, although the balance from midfield to front isn’t bad either.
What is the attraction to Sokratis Papastathopoulos? I would play with Kieran Tierney on Thursday and determine whether Hector Bellerin could start too. Seeing Sunday’s game against Watford, when you visit David Luiz giving instructions to go, you know you’re in trouble.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is still game time off from being healthy. If Shkodran Mustafi was brought back it would be the end again. We need to have Bellerin Rob Holding and Tierney back into the side. I play with these players let them get fit fitness and to provide them match time and would take a bang.
Nicolas Pepe was dreadful against Watford. The way Emery took Dani Ceballos along with Mesut Ozil off was past me. It’s starting to influence a few of the other players that are young and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Reiss Nelson and could not keep the ball and Joe Willock arrived.
It’s the responsibility of the manager. This must be resolved by him and develop some conclusion on the best way best to sort out this. Tierney, Bellerin, and Holding need to play with – I would play with them and have a beat when it meant they got.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
Astana will come and’park the’ bus’. Manchester United weren’t brilliant at the weekend, but it was a fabulous result – they stumbled but they did not, and it’s all about getting yourselves the 3 things, in what had been a match.
It will not make a difference that Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were missing – . That is another game in which they will get on the line, in manner although it is not convincing with United.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Nuno Espirito Santo will need to have one over on the side. Braga are always dangerous but do not travel well. Are caught up in the emotion of the Europa League? They took their foot off the pedal in Premier League as they had been thumped from Chelsea.
They were blown away during weekend and make many errors and it had been very unlike them to concede five. Nuno will take this seriously and I expect Wolves to be too strong here, getting off to a start from the group stages, although they will need to get back to basics and find a win in in the Premier League.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Rennes have begun in Ligue 1. I hope that M’Baye Niang won’t play. He’s lightning quick a version of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. These guys move and can play, and that’s what Celtic fight against.
Celtic will be useful on the counter-attack, however their reputation is exactly the same. They get frightened when they venture away from your home. They don’t know whether to perform with a squeezing sport or not and the best places to throw their defence. They are going to have players that are technically talented and speed out wide. Celtic will not endanger here and nevertheless have traumas that are defensive.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
This will be a game. Feyenoord have a strong standing. Feyenoord have the passion but are not bringing the support they’d always attract. Rangers like these nights which is why Steven Gerrard is there.They have not clicked into gear just yet . Jaap Stam’s negative will sit in for 20-25 minutes and this might lead to frustration about Ibrox – this is when they could pounce.
Alfredo Morelos is the danger and Feyenoord will be winding him up whether they could get to him to see. He looks a lot calmer than what he’s been previously! It’s not a simple night. It’ll be physical and tense. If Rangers quite have the understanding to make it through those games however I really don’t know.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)