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Charlie Nicholas' Europa League predictions: Wins for Arsenal and Chelsea

Last Updated: 07/11/18 8:46pm

Charlie Nicholas: Europa League predictions
Charlie Nicholas: Europa League predictions

Who is Soccer Saturday pundit Charlie Nicholas tipping in the next round of Europa League group stage fixtures?

Four British teams are in action, with Chelsea travelling to BATE Borisov and Arsenal hosting Sporting Lisbon. Steven Gerrard's Rangers are also in action, travelling to Spartak Moscow while Celtic host RB Leipzig.

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas gives his predictions for all four fixtures, plus Lazio vs Marseille…

BATE Borisov vs Chelsea (Thursday, 5.55pm)

Chelsea still need to keep their momentum going, especially up front as they're scoring goals but still looking a bit dodgy at the back. BATE can be awkward opponents but this is a no drama game here with a regulation Chelsea win.

Charlie predicts: 0-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates with team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates with team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Spartak Moscow vs Rangers (Thursday, 5.55pm)

It's a must-win scenario for the Russian side and I know Rangers have had decent results in this competition but they're playing against a tough, stubborn, dour opponent who'll just grind and grind them down so I can see a first defeat for Steven Gerrard's side in this competition.

Charlie predicts: 2-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Charlie is predicting a defeat for Steven Gerrard's Rangers
Charlie is predicting a defeat for Steven Gerrard's Rangers

Arsenal vs Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal had a decent result in Portugal and it puts them in a strong position and it's time to now put qualification to bed. He'll make a couple of changes with the likes of Aaron Ramsey playing from the start and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could start as he looked annoyed to be taken off the other day but even with a few changes Arsenal have been looking strong.

Charlie predicts: 3-1 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Celtic vs RB Leipzig

Celtic have to win, a draw's no good for me so they have to go after this but that leaves them open at the back and Leipzig are dangerous when given space to run in to on the counter-attack. They also had a great result at the weekend and they can get a point from the trip to Glasgow.

Charlie predicts: 2-2 (22/1 with Sky Bet)

Brendan Rodgers' side host Leipzig
Brendan Rodgers' side host Leipzig

Lazio vs Marseille

Lazio are like a lot of the Italian sides we're seeing in Europe recently as they're very strong at home and play with a lot of belief in front of their home fans while Marseille are another team who don't seem to be the same when they travel so a home win for me.

Charlie predicts: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)