Last weekend, the Soccer Saturday panel all agreed that West Ham would be caught by Jose Mourinho’s side by the end of the campaign.
However, Nicholas now feels that West Ham will have enough to hold off the challenge from their London rivals – and he even thinks they could make it into the Champions League qualification spots.
“The way this campaign is going, it's one that is going to be totally different for us all,” he said. "We’ve been in this business for a long time and anything could happen in the top-four this season.
“West Ham are up there on merit. I thought last week that Chelsea would finish higher than West Ham, but the way it is, I’m probably saying I’m wrong already.”
West Ham are currently nine points clear of Chelsea, and they have made a very impressive start to the 2015/16 campaign.
Although Slaven Bilic’s side lost their latest outing against Watford, they still seem to have a lot of quality and are one of the top scorers in the Premier League.
The Hammers currently occupy sixth spot in the table, and that offers them a big head-start on Chelsea.
The Blues are struggling down in 15th place at the moment, and although they are widely expected to improve as the season progresses, they will have to piece together a strong run of results if they are to catch West Ham.