Burnley vs Arsenal and Tottenham vs Manchester City live on Sky Sports on Renault Super Sunday
Monday 3 February 2020 07:26, UK
The Premier League is back - and so is Charlie Nicholas with his top-flight predictions. Who's he backing this weekend?
It is a tough game for Arsenal. They are the same as Burnley - intriguing in their inconsistency. Arsenal fans do appreciate what Mikel Arteta is trying to do, bringing appetite and energy to the team and giving his side the chance to learn from the philosophy he has brought in. The young players have bought into it. I think he has inherited a mess, though. To draw 12 games is a scandal and the defence has been useless. Perhaps Pablo Mari will be able to bolster it - we'll see. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is coming back fresh, which could be the difference here.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: Burnley 1-2 Arsenal (8/1 with Sky Bet)
Tottenham got an amazing deal with £16m for Christian Eriksen. I thought Inter Milan would wait until the summer. They have got out of jail with that, but you cannot get out of jail with their defence, even with Hugo Lloris back. They are sapped of all energy and Eric Dier looks like he is running through treacle. Why have they brought a winger in Steven Bergwijn ? They have it all wrong. This is not a Jose Mourinho signing. This is about business and bringing in some money. Can Jose get them to the top four? I am not sure. Man City on the other hand, have been racking up some goals. Leroy Sane is back in training but Aymeric Laporte is back - what a massive boost that is. Raheem Sterling has been so quiet but he is ready to spark at some point and he does like a London trip, so this could be the one for him.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City (10/1 with Sky Bet)