Southampton will take on Premier League rivals Liverpool at St. Mary’s Stadium in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, and Nicholas believes that the home team will win the tie.
“They (Southampton) missed Graziano Pelle and will have him back against Liverpool,” the former Scotland international predicted on Skysports.com.
“Ronald Koeman will be another one thinking why can't we have a go at winning this? They may not have the depth of some teams but they have a very good side.
“Then we have the resurgence under Jurgen Klopp and everyone going crazy because they're up to sixth in the Premier League.
“It was another grind at home against Swansea and they'll probably prefer being able to play on the counter-attack again here. Koeman will say 'we're at home, we'll play our game' and I think they'll win this one.”
A footnote added: “Charlie predicts: 3-1 with Pelle to score first”.
Southampton will head into the tie against Liverpool on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City away from home at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.
It was a second successive loss for Ronald Koeman’s side, who had gone down 1-0 to Stoke City at St. Mary’s Stadium in the league after the international break.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are on a high and the players appear to have found their confidence under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds got the better of Swansea City 1-0 at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday and are now on a three-game winning run.