Nicholas predicts where Man Utd, Chelsea will finish on final day

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Charlie Nicholas thinks Man Utd and Chelsea will pip Leicester City to third and fourth place in the Premier League ahead of the final day of the season.

Man Utd are third level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea, while the Foxes are a point back in fifth – but the Red Devils and Brendan Rodgers’ men will face each other on the last day of this campaign.

Whoever wins that contest will be guaranteed a top-four finish, while Chelsea host Wolves – who have European aspirations of their own – at Stamford Bridge.


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And Nicholas thinks that Man Utd and Chelsea will both draw which means Leicester would miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “If I’m being honest in the way the league’s worked out, they’re not my teams but I’ve got great respect for the way this head-to-head has worked out.

“I did Manchester United on Wednesday and thought they were awful. Even with the speed and movement up front, I thought Paul Pogba was poor, Bruno Fernandes had his worst game and looked like he was running on empty.

 

“Then I look at Leicester – and to be fair to them, they probably deserve the top four for what they’ve done this season – but of course, you don’t do it in the early part of the season, you do it now.

“They do look stretched, really stretched. Everything is geared towards looking at Jamie Vardy, they’re missing James Maddison.

“United have that cushion, so Leicester have to go for the win, which doesn’t change a lot for Brendan Rodgers, but they’ll want to keep it tight for the first half hour and then see how the land lies.

“Manchester United know how to get a result from a game like this, though. I think it’ll be tense and dramatic, but I think they’ll get there, they’ll get a draw, 1-1.”

On Chelsea, Nicholas added: “I have my doubts Chelsea will get the job done.

“The simple fact is, Chelsea are very good going forward, but oh my goodness – a back three doesn’t help them, and a back four doesn’t help them! It’s quite staggering how poor they are defensively, especially from set-pieces.”