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Charlie Nicholas' Premier League predictions

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Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions.
Image: Charlie Nicholas returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions

Charlie Nicholas returns with more Premier League predictions as the battle for the top four and Europa League spots continue.

Norwich vs Leicester, Friday Night Football 8pm, live on Sky Sports

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I think Norwich are already gone. What have they got to lose? As a club I think they have accepted it, but they may put some spirit into the remainder of the season. Daniel Farke and the players know it, but one thing you do not want to do is to finish with loads of losses. Keep fighting until it is official.

With Leicester, this is the kind of team that they like to play. They have been on a downward spiral, but an open game of football can make them a very good side - it is the way Brendan Rodgers likes to play. They are not as secure at the back and not quite as dynamic up top.

Norwich must win and give the fans hope, whereas Leicester are an attack-minded side so they will not change their game too much, with the likes of James Maddison and Jamie Vardy at the forefront of that.

Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki can do something magical, but I am swinging towards Leicester to get a win and build some momentum to keep their place in the top three. They have a nice cushion at the minute but this could dwindle if they do not start to pick up.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-3 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

Brighton vs Crystal Palace, Saturday 12.30pm

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It is a good game, as these matches are always feisty. It is a derby, and the fans are very much against each other. These tend to be the games for Wilfried Zaha, where he turns up and makes an impression.

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I looked at Brighton about four weeks ago and thought they could be in trouble. Being neat and tidy is one thing, but having the belief and togetherness to get out of it is another. They were always solid at back with Mat Ryan and the defence which includes Lewis Dunk, but the balance has not been right in the last couple of months, they have been gradually sliding down the league.

I think they will be up for the battle against Crystal Palace as they know what it means to the fans, but that should not matter. They have to go and get it done themselves. This is an opportunity to close the gap on Palace, which stands at five points.

I am not sure which Palace side will turn up. Roy Hodgson may be getting a new contract, but they need to get it done and over the line now. They are not a team who scores many goals, but I cannot separate them. Glenn Murray has come back into the team and could haunt his old club. I am slightly edging towards Brighton but it is hard to work out what is going on there currently.

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

Bournemouth vs Chelsea, Saturday 3pm

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This is another good test for Chelsea, who were shown up against Bayern Munich.

Bournemouth know what it means, and what they need to do to survive. I thought they were treated harshly at Burnley. The footballing network does not have a sympathy button. They folded when decisions went against them, which in a way was understandable.

Chelsea are effective on the counter-attack, but their home form is terrible. There is an awkwardness with Chelsea only hanging three points above Manchester United, with the others honing in too. Bournemouth are going to go all out for this. I feel they will and have to get something from this, with Chelsea's Champions League tie taking quite a bit out of them.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)

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Newcastle vs Burnley, Saturday 3pm

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Burnley are in great form. I still feel in recent weeks they have had rode their luck, with the decisions that have come their way. That could run out.

Newcastle have had the opposite effect. They were sitting in a precious position of safety, but still have plenty of work to do, with three games to win and only 11 remaining now - I think this is where it begins.

Burnley are unpredictable. Dwight McNeil added a goal from a different area, Matej Vydra has come back and played well, while Jay Rodriguez has been scoring too. Steve Bruce knows it has not been great recently, but they know if they can get this win it will be a step closer to safety for them.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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West Ham vs Southampton, Saturday 3pm

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This is another stern test for both teams. My goodness what a performance for West Ham at Liverpool! But they end up with nothing. Some damage has been going on at West Ham; there is some inspiration there for them though on the plus side.

David Moyes' men were awful and scared at Manchester City, but went with a nothing-to-lose attitude at Liverpool.

Southampton are tremendously dangerous on the counter-attack. I have a feeling that West Ham will open the relegation door wide open. What amount of points is required for safety? It will be interesting.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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Watford vs Liverpool, Saturday Night Football 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports

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I keep waiting for a defeat and then Liverpool seem to pull it out of the bag every time. This is another awkward one.

Watford are another team fighting for their life, but they did not offer too much at Manchester United. They were feeling sorry for themselves after their goal was overturned, but they have been doing that too regularly - they do not have the time. They have to take the game to Liverpool, but Nigel Pearson will have to play this one with cleverness.

I do not see how Liverpool do not win this game, with the pace, quality of wing-backs and attackers, and the midfielders tying it all together. It is only a matter of time before Liverpool drag you down and suffocate you.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

Everton vs Manchester United, Super Sunday 2pm, live on Sky Sports

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This is a great game. Everyone can see that Carlo Ancelotti has got Everton going. They are doing well through the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. But they do make basic errors and can be vulnerable at the back, which is a worry.

Manchester United are building momentum, but if a team were to take them on, which Everton will, they will become disrupted. Anthony Martial may not be fit, but Odion Ighalo needs game time. His goal on Thursday will have helped but he does look rusty. The pace up front then becomes a headache.

Everton have definitely picked up, so I expect goals. The defence has improved at United and I see a lot of confidence there at the moment. I see a fairly physical game, as the crowd will want it that way, and I cannot separate them.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Wolves, Sunday 2pm

Is Lucas Moura going to score goals? Is Dele Alli going to play? Who is going to be in a mood? Where is that killer final ball coming from for Spurs?

Wolves are a real handful going forward. Adama Traore's strength and pace is phenomenal. He looked like he always had that potential and is a real danger. Tottenham may be frustrated as the gaps in the defence could be exposed. Do they play three or four? Do they trust Jan Vertonghen?

Lucas Moura, when he plays at No 9, must use his pace in behind - he is not a link-up player. You might have to bring Dele in for the craft and intelligence to get them going. It would be fairly easy for a back three of Wolves to defend against. This then gives the wing-backs the licence to drive forward. I do not see a good day for Tottenham here.

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

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