Arsenal, Man Utd, Wolves and Celtic in action
Wednesday 26 February 2020 23:10, UK
Charlie Nicholas returns with more Europa League predictions as the knockout stage continues.
Wolves seem to have got over a spell of tiredness and confidence is building.
Diogo Jota is fit and Willy Boly has come back in. Ruben Neves has picked up a bit of form, while Raul Jimenez's eyes have lit up since Jota has started firing. I also like Pedro Neto, who looks a tidy player.
They are in the shake up for the top four and have some decent fixtures coming up. The job is done for me from the first leg so I think Nuno Espirito Santo will make four or five changes.
I am going to tip them to lose. Espanyol may be bottom of La Liga but they are still a decent side. With plenty of changes, nothing to worry about for Nuno.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: Espanyol 2-1 Wolves (10/1 with Sky Bet)
I do not think this is a certain win for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta will sit and read into the fact that they let in two against Everton. Bernd Leno gets Arsenal out of a lot of holes but he did slip up for the second goal.
Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette will come in I think. You have to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for his goals. Will Nicolas Pepe get another run? Probably. Does he deserve it? Probably not. I would probably look at Gabriel Martinelli.
The game against Manchester City has been postponed as they are in the Carabao Cup final, which means Arsenal can go at it and get into the last 16. You can still see the mess at the back, but Arteta will change things again. Sokratis Papastathopoulos may come in, while Hector Bellerin may drop out.
You have to play Bukayo Saka at the back. This side has got its attacking side back and got its mojo back in that respect.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos (12/1 with Sky Bet)
Manchester United are getting a pat on the back after victory against Watford but I still think there are issues.
Jesse Lingard is back in training, as is Scott McTominay, while Paul Pogba is on the verge of returning - does that disrupt things again? I do not think Pogba gets back in.
Anthony Martial is in good goalscoring form, Juan Mata has been their best creative player as of late and young Mason Greenwood has been getting on the scoresheet too. Bruno Fernandes has been brilliant since coming in.
Their next few league games are tremendously tough - Everton, Manchester City, Tottenham, Sheffield United - so it will be good to get past this one and keep another clean sheet. I'm backing them to do that.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: Manchester United 2-0 Club Brugge (5/1 with Sky Bet)
The Premiership is in the bag for Celtic and I think this will be a comfortable European night.
Copenhagen have no pace up front and little quality in the centre-back department.
Dame N'Doye scored against Celtic - he is a handful but Celtic could play a high line without getting too worried. The two Copenhagen midfielders are decent talents but the rest, I think, are average.
It could be more than this but Celtic will turn it on again, regardless. Through to the last 16 for Neil Lennon's side.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: Celtic 2-0 FC Copenhagen (9/2 with Sky Bet