Charlie Nicholas' Europa 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 European predictions

Charlie Nicholas returns with his predictions for the British teams getting their Europa League campaigns under way this week.

There are five British clubs involved in the Europa League this year and Soccer Saturday's Charlie has given his predictions for the upcoming fixtures...

Manchester United vs Astana

Astana will come and 'park the bus'. Manchester United were not brilliant at the weekend, but it was a fabulous result - they nearly stumbled but they didn't, and it is about getting yourselves the three points, in what was a dangerous game.

It doesn't make a difference that Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were missing - they have not been setting the world on fire. It is not convincing with United but this is another game in which they will get over the line, in comfortable fashion.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Wolves vs Braga

Nuno Espirito Santo
Image: Nuno Espirito Santo will come up against a side from his native Portugal

Nuno Espirito Santo will want to get one over on the Portuguese side. Braga are always dangerous but do not travel well. Are Wolves caught up in the emotion of the Europa League? They took their foot off the pedal in Premier League as they were thumped by Chelsea.

They were blown away at weekend and it was very unlike them to concede five and make so many mistakes. They need to get back to basics and get a win in in the Premier League, but Nuno will take this seriously and I expect Wolves to be too strong here, getting off to a fine start in the group stages.

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CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Rangers vs Feyenoord

This will be a fiery game. Feyenoord have a strong reputation. Feyenoord have the passion but are not bringing the support they would always bring. Rangers enjoy these nights and that is why Steven Gerrard is there.They have not clicked into gear just yet though. Jaap Stam's side will sit in for 20-25 minutes and this could cause frustration around Ibrox - this is when they could pounce.

Alfredo Morelos is the threat and Feyenoord will be winding him up to see if they can get to him. He seems a lot calmer than what he has been in the past! It is not an easy night. It will be tense and very physical. I don't know if Rangers quite have the knowledge to get through these games yet.

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

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