Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal and Manchester United

first_imgCharlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal and Manchester United Comment Nicholas assessed the Europa League matches (Picture: Getty)‘I do not think this is a certain win for Arsenal,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports. ‘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.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘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.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘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.’United only picked up a draw when away in Bruges a week ago, but Nicholas expects them to win 2-0 at Old Trafford. Charlie Nicholas Europa League predictions Braga vs Rangers (2-3): Braga 2-1 (5-5) RangersEspanyol vs Wolves (0-4): Espanyol 2-1 (2-5) WolvesArsenal vs Olympiakos (1-0): Arsenal 3-1 (4-1) OlympiakosMan Utd vs Club Brugge (1-1): Man Utd 2-0 (3-1) Club BruggeCeltic vs FC Copenhagen (1-1): Celtic 2-0 (3-1) FC Copenhagen Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Feb 2020 2:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Solskjaer and Arteta will lead their troops into European action (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has backed Manchester United and Arsenal to progress to the last-16 of the Europa League, although he expects both sides to have to dig deep to win their respective second leg ties against Club Brugge and Olympiakos.Arsenal return to the Emirates with a 1-0 lead and are the heavy favourites to progress, having progressed from all 17 of their European ties when winning the first leg away from home.They were forced to dig deep to beat Premier League rivals Everton at the weekend and Nicholas is expecting them to beat the Greek outfit 3-1. ‘Manchester United are getting a pat on the back after victory against Watford but I still think there are issues,’ Nicholas added.‘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.More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘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.’While Nicholas is backing fellow British outfits Wolves – who won 4-0 against Espanyol last week – and Celtic – who drew away to FC Copenhagen – to progress, he expects Rangers – who pulled off a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to Braga in the first leg – to go out.Will all the British teams reach the last-16 of the Europa League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Ray Parlour disagrees with Gary Neville over Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

2019 IMCA point season ends on Sunday, Sept. 29

first_imgQuestions about IMCA point totals and standings should be directed to Virginia Lindsey, director of membership and points, at [email protected] or by calling 319 472-2201, ext. 215. Bonus points will be figured and national and regional champi­ons and rook­ies of the year announced as soon as possi­ble. Local track officials have until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 28 to notify IMCA of corrections that affect their top 15 point stand­ings before all standings for those divisions become official. Final points races will be held that day for sanctioned Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Southern SportMods and Sport Com­pacts. VINTON, Iowa – The 2019 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season will end on Sun­day, Sept. 29.last_img read more