Charlie Nicholas' Premier League predictions: Manchester United vs Arsenal, Everton vs Manchester City

27/09/19 6:10am

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Charlie Nicholas is back with his Premier League predictions - but who is he tipping on matchday seven?

Manchester United and Arsenal meet in a hotly-anticipated Monday Night Football clash, while Manchester City travel to Everton on Saturday Night Football and Leicester meet Newcastle on Super Sunday.

Leaders Liverpool kick off the latest round of fixtures at Sheffield United but who is Charlie backing to prevail across the whole weekend?

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A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend`s Premier League action, which includes Manchester City`s trip to Everton and Manchester Utd hosting Arsenal on Monday night
A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend`s Premier League action, which includes Manchester City`s trip to Everton and Manchester Utd hosting Arsenal on Monday night

Sheffield United vs Liverpool - Saturday, 12.30pm

Liverpool are coming through these tests without playing brilliantly. The Sheffield United team I watched the other week at Everton impressed me with the energy and pace they play at. They do struggle for goals though. It has been quite a jump up for Oli McBurnie. He works hard and grafts, but you are looking for a goal return here.

The Blades are well drilled and organised - when I saw them at Goodison Park, their two wing-backs were going up - I even saw the centre-half in the box - and they didn`t look like they were going to get caught on the counter-attack either. I can see Liverpool doing what they did at Chelsea here though. Sheffield United will be in their face and try to pin them back, but they need to worry about Roberto Firmino, and then the pace and skill of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Liverpool will gradually grind the game down.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-3 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool`s 2-1 win against Chelsea in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool`s 2-1 win against Chelsea in the Premier League

Crystal Palace vs Norwich - Saturday, 3pm

I have talked for a while about Norwich. They are a good watch, with goals in them, but are a mismatch at the back. There is an aura of unpredictability about them. Crystal Palace do not score a lot of goals, but then again they should have nicked it last week against Wolves. It is time for Wilfried Zaha to get going and get his finger out. Gary Cahill has improved them but they do not have the runners or bodies through midfield. Roy Hodgson`s side should still have enough to come away from this one with three points, though.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Crystal Palace`s 1-1 draw with Wolves in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Crystal Palace`s 1-1 draw with Wolves in the Premier League

Aston Villa vs Burnley - Saturday, 3pm

This is a great game but tough to call. Aston Villa should have got something from the Emirates but are too vulnerable at the back. When they go in front, they have Jack Grealish and John McGinn further forward. McGinn is great for his drive and energy - everything is done at such pace - but when it`s not working, he should play a bit deeper for 15 minutes or so and let Grealish stay further forward.

Dean Smith still wants to play the game, even when his side are in front, which I admire. There is a difference at this level, and sometimes it is just small changes which are needed. They don`t need to change the personnel, they just need to change a position around five to 10 yards. If Grealish plays further forward, McGinn and Marvelous Nakamba can sit in there. Chris Wood delivered last week and could be a handful for Aston Villa`s backline. It might be more of a back-to-front job for Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels. This could be quite a physical game and one that is high in bookings.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal`s 3-2 win against Aston Villa in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal`s 3-2 win against Aston Villa in the Premier League

Chelsea vs Brighton - Saturday, 3pm

The young stars are shining bright at Chelsea. They got a chance against Grimsby and Callum Hudson-Odoi got a new contract, played and scored too, so everything looks to be on the up. But you have to remember that they lost their last Premier League game, are mid-table so far and you don`t know what will happen next. Graham Potter had a great start to the season and was in a bubble but reality has hit. Leandro Trossard is injured, Anthony Knockaert has gone and they don`t have the width any more. Tammy Abraham`s pace will be too much for them here.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (11/1 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 0-0 draw between Newcastle and Brighton in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 0-0 draw between Newcastle and Brighton in the Premier League

Bournemouth vs West Ham - Saturday, 3pm

This is the best group West Ham have had in the Premier League. Manuel Pellegrini has bought well; they are aggressive at the back, have a great balance across the park and have a very consistent goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski. Is it motivation for both these sides following their Carabao Cup exits? Despite the changes, that will wind them up for the weekend so we should get a good game. I like Sebastian Haller - he has got a great touch and looks a permanent goal-threat. I cannot separate these two.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham`s 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham`s 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League

Tottenham vs Southampton - Saturday, 3pm

Southampton got a great win at Portsmouth. You may say it`s only Portsmouth, but it was a derby and a derby that they needed to win. I have said this and repeated it, but there are issues at Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino, for the first time in his tenure, is thinking this is an unhappy camp. Tottenham need to win - to get at Southampton and get some service to Harry Kane.

There are lots of negatives around Tottenham but they will win here. I never thought they would be around Manchester City or Liverpool but I expect them to fight for the top four. Che Adams is struggling and Ralph Hasenhuttl will want to play him, but I would leave him out and play Nathan Redmond higher up, flooding the midfield in the process. There will be moaning and groaning but Tottenham will get the result. They could do with a goal in the first 20 minutes to calm things down.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (13/2 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester`s 2-1 win over Tottenham in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester`s 2-1 win over Tottenham in the Premier League

Wolves vs Watford - Saturday, 3pm

This is another cracking game. I am still working out why Wolves are so slow out of the blocks. Spare me the nonsense about the fact they are playing in the Europa League too. They had games to get into the Europa League but they were not mentally draining, so I do not know what the excuse is. They are going about it in the wrong way. They are against a Watford team that don`t know what they are. They should have been buried by Arsenal but they fought well and could have won, before being thumped by City. I see a tense game, with a mistake perhaps leading to a goal.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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