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Charlie's midweek predictions

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Charlie Nicholas

Football Expert

Man Utd, Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in European action - while Brighton host Cardiff in Premier League

Last Updated: 15/04/19 9:34pm

Charlie Nicholas makes his midweek predictions

Charlie Nicholas returns with another round of predictions with Champions League, Europa League and Premier League midweek matches.

There are still six English teams involved in European competition - Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal - as well as Brighton and Cardiff meeting in the Premier League.

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Ahead of the action this week, Charlie has made his predictions...

Champions LeagueBarcelona vs Man Utd (agg 1-0)

I think this is just too much for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I am amazed they are still in this. Can they go and win at the Nou Camp? They have proved me wrong twice, first at Juventus and secondly against PSG.

A Luke Shaw own goal sees Barcelona with a 1-0 lead against Man Utd

They went without Paul Pogba to PSG and brought the kids on, managing to get the job done. He was tactically clever and had to switch the formation. He changed it and it worked a treat. This is different, however. Luis Suarez was good but Lionel Messi was quiet at Old Trafford and they both had a rest at the weekend.

I have never heard Messi come out and make a statement, saying how he wants to return the Champions League to Barcelona, so I expect him to turn up and produce something for the fans. The problem is getting the ball for Manchester United and Barcelona can be ruthless at home. Messi will perform to the level that we are used to and United are not playing well currently.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

Juventus vs Ajax (agg 1-1) Ajax matched Juventus when they met in last week's first leg

I still think this is going to be tight. I thought Ajax should have won the first leg but Cristiano Ronaldo turned up yet again. Ajax will not be fazed by the trip to Juventus as they won at the Bernabeu, in emphatic style, against Real Madrid.

However, the know-how of Juventus alongside the firepower of Ronaldo will prove pivotal. Even if he is quiet for an hour he can pop a couple in, so I think Juventus will advance.

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

Man City vs Tottenham (agg 0-1)

This will be another tight affair. Man City have to score with another couple of goals and see if they can flex their muscles and get something.

Tottenham were 2-0 winners at their new stadium last week

I see Raheem Sterling and his pace, it is just brilliant to watch. His goal against Crystal Palace, for example. The ball from Kevin De Bruyne combined with the run inside the man from Sterling was just sensational. I hope for their sake they start Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero once again, as these can damage Tottenham, who will sit in and play on the counter-attack with Lucas Moura's pace.

He scored a great hat-trick at the weekend. It is whether they are good enough to keep the ball. Harry Winks will come back in and play with Moussa Sissoko while Christian Eriksen will play further up.

Man City vs Tottenham

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Sometimes you can force the pass in these games and the key to this game is De Bruyne. He has the determination to find the pass and he is good without the ball as well. Man City will go through - it will go right to the wire, but City are still holding the edge at this moment. Even at the weekend, they conceded to make it 2-1 but had the final push to get another.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

Porto vs Liverpool (agg 0-2)

In reality, Liverpool could make changes to the team in this one, but they do not want to take advantage, especially if they go a goal down. Mohamed Salah is back in form and Sadio Mane scored again at the weekend, while Roberto Firmino has been the best of the attacking players recently. He may not take any chances but he may change the midfield. It will be awkward but Liverpool will get the job done and be comfortable towards the end in this one.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)

Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita both scored to put Liverpool 2-0 ahead in their Champions League quarter-final against Porto Europa LeagueNapoli vs Arsenal (agg 0-2)

I am very nervous to be honest with you. Napoli could have scored a couple but Arsenal had so many chances to extend their lead at the Emirates. I would abandon the goalkeeper getting it and playing it around at the back. I would go back to front and get the game played higher up the pitch.

Lucas Torreira shone in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Napoli last Thursday

I would keep Lucas Torreira in the team and keep Matteo Guendouzi sitting in front of the back four. If they go with the back three that is fine too. I would leave Mesut Ozil out and put Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in. I would play Ramsey in front of the holding midfielders and put Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette further up. I think Arsenal have to score in this one and they will.

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

Chelsea vs Slavia Prague (agg 1-0)

It will be another rest for five or six Chelsea players, I would imagine. Eden Hazard will get a night off and Olivier Giroud will come in as well as Pedro. There are enough choices in there. I would keep Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson Odoi in the side, but this will be another comfortable night for Chelsea. Giroud will score again.

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

Marcos Alonso scored for Chelsea against Slavia Prague in the first leg Premier LeagueBrighton vs Cardiff

It is a must-win scenario for Neil Warnock's side. Because Brighton got battered at the weekend, they will have been working hard on organisation and being strong. Cardiff are more a set-piece team, more so than they would want, but they have to get Victor Camarasa and Josh Murphy on the ball.

0:55 Brighton manager Christ Hughton said his players will want to prove a point after Saturday's 5-0 defeat to Bournemouth when they play Cardiff on Tuesday Brighton manager Christ Hughton said his players will want to prove a point after Saturday's 5-0 defeat to Bournemouth when they play Cardiff on Tuesday

They don't see enough of the ball and neither do Cardiff as a whole. Brighton will be a really strong unit and Cardiff will try to get up the pitch and squeeze the game. We are going to get a dogged performance from both teams, but I see Glenn Murray being the man in this one. He will not panic and will be the old head on Tuesday. He has the footballing knowledge which should see Brighton over the line. This will be the end of the road for Cardiff.

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

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