Africans to watch this weekend

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Thomas Partey, Arsenal 2020-21
Goal preview the continent’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around the world this weekend

  1. Preview of Africans abroad
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    Preview of Africans abroad

    Riyad Mahrez’s form has been outstanding in the last month or thereabouts and Pep Guardiola ought to rely on the Algeria wideman in Sunday’s Manchester Derby.

  2. Aubameyang, Pepe & Partey
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    Aubameyang, Pepe & Partey

    Arsenal were one of the big winners last weekend as they continue to retain hope of gatecrashing the battle for the European slots this season.

    Nicolas Pepe was one of the Gunners’ top performers in their 3-1 success over Leicester City last time out, and the Ivory Coast winger will back himself to retain his place in Mikel Arteta’s side for their trip to face Burnley this weekend.

    While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey were second-half substitutes at the King Power Stadium, the pair ought to be reinstated into the XI at Turf Moor.

  3. Mbaye Diagne

    Mbaye Diagne

    West Bromwich Albion come into gameweek 28 nine points from safety and will look to edge closer to moving out of the bottom three when they host Newcastle United.

    Diagne has given The Albion an added edge in attack with his tendency to make the most out of nothing, a trait Sam Allardyce hopes to be on display at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

    The forward scored what he thought was an equalizer in Thursday's 1-0 defeat by Everton, only to have it ruled out for a marginal offside call.

    Success for West Bromwich potentially takes them to within six points of the Magpies, who have a game in hand, with 10 games to play.
  4. Riyad Mahrez

    Riyad Mahrez

    Manchester City’s 21st win on the spin in all competitions saw them extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 14 points as Manchester United could only draw at Crystal Palace.

    Mahrez was in amazing form against Wolverhampton Wanderers, deservedly scoring his seventh PL goal of the campaign.

    Even though United are in-form away from home (21 unbeaten on their travels) the Algerian and his teammates will fancy themselves to end their rivals’ run and extend their current unbeaten run to 29 in all competitions.

  5. Franck Kessie

    Franck Kessie

    A late, late Kessie penalty saved a point for AC Milan against Udinese on Wednesday, but Inter Milan’s 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Parma means the Rossoneri’s Scudetto chances are slipping away.

    The Ivory Coast midfielder is likely to feature from the off when Stefani Pioli’s team visit gutsy Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon.

    Milan, now six points behind Inter, will also be worried about Juventus and Atalanta, who sit four points behind them in Serie A as their struggles in 2021 continue.

  6. Kalidou Koulibaly
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    Kalidou Koulibaly

    Having missed Napoli’s exciting 3-3 draw with Sassuolo in midweek through suspension, K2 is likely to return for Gennaro Gattuso’s troops when they host 12th-placed Bologna on Sunday night.

    Koulibaly has been missed at the heart of the Azzurri defence and Gattuso will hope for some much-needed stability with the Senegal star back in the side.

    Success for the side from Naples (44 points) could take them into fifth spot provided Roma (47) lose to Genoa in Rome.

    On the other hand, dropping points opens the door to Lazio on 43 points to supplant K2 and his colleagues in the table.