Newcastle will take on Swansea City (home), Manchester City (home), Liverpool (away), Crystal Palace (home), Aston Villa (away) and Tottenham Hotspur (home) between now and the end of the season.
While predicting a draw with Swansea at St. James’ Park, Nicholas wrote on Skysports.com: “This is last-chance saloon for Newcastle, it really is. The pressure is off Swansea but that could make them more dangerous.”
The former Arsenal and Celtic forward believes that the Magpies will lose to Manchester City at St. James’ Park in their next match, and has predicted a similar result (defeat) to Liverpool away from home at Anfield.
“Will Alan Pardew come back to haunt his old club?” Nicholas wrote on Skysports.com while backing Newcastle to win against Palace at St. James’ Park. “I don't think so and am going for a desperate Newcastle to keep their hopes alive.”
The former Scotland international believes that Rafael Benitez’s side will draw with fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa at Villa Park and lose to Premier League title challengers Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park on the final day of the season.
“With the worst goal difference of the three, I see them being all but down by now, whereas Tottenham are fighting for second,” wrote Nicholas, with a footnote adding: “Charlie predicts: Newcastle lose and are relegated.”
According to Nicholas’s predicted Premier League table, Villa will finish bottom with 17 points and Newcastle will end up 19th with 30.
Norwich will join the Villans and the Magpies in the bottom three with 32 points, meaning that Sunderland will be safe.