Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas predicts Arsenal and Liverpool results

Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Arsenal’s trip to Norwich City and Liverpool’s home encounter with Swansea City.

Former player and current pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing both Arsenal and Liverpool to pick up three points this weekend despite facing a number of injuries, he told Sky Sports.

Arsenal travel to Norwich City without the likes of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and arguably most importantly, influential holding midfielder Francis Coquelin.

The French star is going to be a massive miss for the Gunners after being ruled out for three months with a knee ligament injury, yet Charlie Nicholas feels they will still have too much for the Canaries.

“Norwich have improved defensively but finding the balance here is a very awkward one for them because if they come out and attack, that will suit Arsenal,” he explained, predicting a 3-1 Arsenal victory.

“Sanchez got the headlines midweek but Ozil is playing really, really well. Olivier Giroud, on the other hand, was back to his early-season form, looking slow and lazy up top.”

A win for Arsenal will take them back level on points with Manchester City at the summit of the table, while Norwich in contrast could do with a positive result following Sunderland’s win over Stoke City.

Another big Sunday clash is taking place at Anfield where Liverpool host an inconsistent Swansea City.

The Swans haven’t exactly played badly this season, yet a lack of goals has negatively affected results and in some quarters there are questions beginning to arise over the future of boss Garry Monk.

Liverpool were brilliant in their victory over Manchester City last weekend, yet Nicholas has doubts over their home form despite predicting them to narrowly beat Swansea 2-1.

“It was a big step forward for Liverpool last weekend but can they do it at home? There's big questions over whether he'll risk Philippe Coutinho and I'd be tempted to leave him out if there's any doubt, with Christian Benteke back in the goals midweek,” Nicholas added.

“Suddenly Jurgen Klopp has options. However, I can see Liverpool struggling to bring their away form back to Anfield as they adjust and even see Swansea scoring first.”

With Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United all playing on Sunday, it’s certainly a day for the top four hopefuls to try and gain an advantage over their nearest rivals.

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