Sunderland have a tough run-in and, although Arsenal and Chelsea both have little to play for, Nicholas feels that the Black Cats won't be able to take advantage of this.
He says that even if Chelsea play a changed team, Sunderland will not be able to get three points against them, meaning that they will be relying on Manchester United to beat Hull City on the final weekend if they are to stay up and preserve their Premier League status.
"I don’t see Sunderland getting anything at Arsenal or at Chelsea – even if Jose Mourinho fields a weakened team – so they’re going to have to hope Hull don’t beat Manchester United," Nicholas said.
If Nicholas' prediction is right, then that is certainly worrying for Sunderland, as they need another point before they can feel safe.
At the moment the North East outfit are only three points clear of the drop zone and will not want to rely on another teams to do them a favour.
The positive for Sunderland heading into the last two games is that they do have some momentum behind them.
Dick Advocaat's side are unbeaten in their last three matches, but Nicholas believes that the Dutch boss may make some tactical changes before the final two fixtures.
“Advocaat went for a front three and that to me says he wanted to be more creative and take some risks, but I’ve got a feeling he’ll change that for Arsenal," he said.
“He’ll look at the Swansea video and he’ll probably think a draw is doable, so I think he’ll flood the midfield with maybe just one up front on Wednesday.”