Charlie Nicholas' Europa League predictions: Chelsea, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers in action

Chelsea and Arsenal through, Celtic and Rangers must secure spot

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Image: Charlie Nicholas gives his verdict on the four Europa League fixtures on Thursday

It's the final round of Europa League group stage fixtures, but how does Charlie Nicholas see British teams faring?

Chelsea and Arsenal have already secured progress to the knockout phase, but Celtic and Rangers still have some work to do to make it through to the last 32.

Here, Nicholas tells us how he sees the last few fixtures...

MOL Vidi vs Chelsea, Thursday 5.55pm

This is a night where Maurizio Sarri can experiment so why not play Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata together and see how they get on? Cesc Fabregas will come in so it'll still be a strong side as they're all fighting for starting places now.

Cesc Fabregas during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Derby County at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2018 in London, England.
Image: Charlie Nicholas is backing Cesc Fabregas to make an impact on Thursday

The win over City will give them all some belief and it'll be another comfortable European night for them.

Charlie predicts: Chelsea to win 2-0 and Cesc Fabregas to score (Sky Bet odds HERE)

Rapid Vienna vs Rangers, Thursday 5.55pm

It could be goodnight Vienna for Rangers. They're capable of going there and winning the game but I think it's just a game too far for them.

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Image: Steven Gerrard's Rangers have work to do on Thursday in Vienna

Steven Gerrard has done amazingly well to even get them into this position but I think a draw is the best they can get and that'll mean them going out.

Charlie predicts: Rapid Vienna 1-1 Rangers, James Tavernier to score (Sky Bet odds HERE)

Arsenal vs Qarabag, Thursday 8pm

Who knows what team Unai Emery will play but it's important to keep this unbeaten run going. He may well play Alexandre Lacazette just to give him a game and Granit Xhaka might come back in.

Unai Emery during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on December 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
Image: Unai Emery's Arsenal have already qualified for the knockout phase

I'd like him to play young Eddie Nketiah again and all the young boys should really play and be given a chance - they played last time and I think Emery will play the kids - and the kids will win this.

Charlie predicts: Arsenal to win 2-0 and Eddie Nketiah to score twice (Sky Bet odds HERE)

Celtic vs RB Salzburg, Thursday 8pm

I thought Celtic were out after three games but they've turned things around. Salzburg are through and Celtic only need a draw but with Leipzig also being owned by Red Bull and needing Salzburg to get something then they'll probably send a strong team to Glasgow.

Celtic's Scott Brown (right) with manager Brendan Rodgers
Image: Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are nearly in the knockout stage

This is not an easy game and Celtic aren't great at retaining the ball in Europe. I expect it to be a nervy night but I think Celtic will get a goal and that'll be enough to get them through.

Charlie predicts: Celtic 1-1 RB Salzburg, Ryan Christie to score (Sky Bet odds HERE)

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