Charlie Nicholas returns with more Premier League predictions as the battle for the top four and Europa League spots continue.
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Chelsea vs Everton – Super Sunday, Kick-off 2pm, live on Sky Sports
I’ve done a lot of Everton under Carlo Ancelotti and he’s done a very good job, but there are times when his side haven’t actually played very well. I recall a game I covered at West Ham and in the late win over Watford where I felt they were slightly fortunate. They didn’t deserve it, but he’s got Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring goals.
Chelsea vs Everton
March 8, 2020, 1:00pm
Everton are unpredictable as they’ve still got problems at the back, but Chelsea at home are so inconsistent. They sometimes seem to run out of legs. The sufferance that youngsters always bring is that after the great adrenaline in the early part of the season, they then feel the stress and the strain when results don’t go so well.
Olivier Giroud has come into the team and been excellent, but they’re still too risky at the back. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Everton went and got something out of this game.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Manchester United vs Manchester City – Super Sunday, kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports
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It’s a proper Super Sunday. Manchester City aren’t going for the title but they know the potential ramifications of losing this one with Liverpool coming to town in a few weeks.
Manchester United have beaten City at the Etihad already twice this season, but in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford, it was City who picked them off.
Man Utd vs Man City
March 8, 2020, 4:00pm
The demands of United fans dictate that they won’t be parking the bus, but to go head to head with them on their own patch. This suits City.
Having got their first trophy of the season, I imagine Pep Guardiola will have his strongest side out. United have been better defensively and are a counter-attacking side, but I still think City will pick them off with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, provided he’s fit.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)
Leicester City vs Aston Villa – Monday Night Football, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports
Leicester have really been struggling. Their free-flowing football has gone and their energy levels have dropped. They’ve still got a lovely cushion of five points on Chelsea in fourth, but these are the type of games where they must look at against Aston Villa, second from bottom, and say they must be beating them.
Villa, to their credit, had a go in the Carabao Cup final. They weren’t good enough early on but they fought back. Mbwana Samatta getting another goal should be a boost for them, but their defence makes too many mistakes.
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