Former Celtic and Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that Aston Villa, Swansea City and Norwich City will get relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
Villa are at the foot of the league table at the moment with just 12 points from 22 matches.
Sunderland and Newcastle United are the other two sides in the bottom three, while Swansea and Norwich are 17th and 16th respectively.
“Villa are probably gone and I still think Swansea are going to struggle with what looks a very risky appointment in Francesco Guidolin,” the former Scotland international told Sky Sports. “It’s not ideal timing, having got back to winning ways under Alan Curtis' guidance.
“Norwich are my other side as they still need a real goalscorer. Steven Naismith is a good signing but he's more about work rate and effort than being really prolific.”
A footnote added: “Charlie predicts: Aston Villa, Norwich and Swansea.”
Nicholas has also got some transfer advice for Newcastle and told Sky Sports: “However, I do think that if Newcastle fail to get anybody in at the back then they can still struggle. I know they've been linked with another striker but it's a quality defender that they need to be safe.”
Newcastle have some good players in their squad, such as Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Magpies have underperformed this season, but there have been some positive results.
Wins against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in December and a draw with Manchester United earlier this month were deserved and suggested that Steve McClaren’s side do have the quality to escape the drop.