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Nigerians to watch this weekend

12:23 AM IST 09/09/22
Ademola Lookman
GOAL previews the nation’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs in Europe this weekend

Victor Osimhen may be out of action this weekend after seemingly picking up a muscle injury in Napoli’s thrashing of Liverpool on Wednesday but there is plenty to look forward to across the top leagues over the coming days.

Fulham host beleaguered Chelsea in Saturday’s lunch-time West London derby while Alex Iwobi returns to his old stomping ground when Everton looks to stun Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Elsewhere, Ola Aina faces off with Inter Milan while Atalanta hosting Cremonese should interest supporters of the Super Eagles.

  • Tosin Adarabioyo, Ivan Toney - Fulham Brentford 2022-23

    Tosin Adarabioyo

    The centre-back won every duel in Fulham’s 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur and is going to continue to keep his 100 percent appearance record when Chelsea visit Craven Cottage.

    Adarabioyo will aim to thwart Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a host of the Blues’ attackers who have admittedly failed to fire on all cylinders in the opening weeks of the campaign.

    Silva’s men already defeated Brentford at Craven Cottage and they will seek an even bigger scalp in Graham Potter’s debut game in the Chelsea dugout.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Joe Aribo vs Frank Onyeka

    Joe Aribo is expected to play a significant part of Southampton’s game against Brentford on Saturday although Onyeka may have to make do with a place on the bench.

    The Bees thrashed Leeds United 5-2 last week and Ralph Hasenhuttl will be wary despite returning to winning ways in their last game at St Mary’s.

    Aribo could make his fifth Premier League start whereas Onyeka still awaits his first of 2022-23.

  • Alex Iwobi Everton 2022-23

    Alex Iwobi

    A return to Arsenal will test the in-form Everton midfielder who has become one of Frank Lampard’s trusted players since taking over at Goodison Park.

    Iwobi endured a tough afternoon on his last visit in the final game of the 2021-22 campaign, conceding a penalty as the Toffees suffered a 5-1 loss at the Emirates.

    A similar result will end Everton’s ongoing unbeaten run — albeit four league draws on the trot — but a win will not only hand the Merseyside club its first victory of the season but see Mikel Arteta’s men suffer successive league losses.

  • Ola Aina Danilo Torino Juventus 2021-22

    Ola Aina

    Inter Milan are reeling after losing back-to-back games to AC Milan and Bayern Munich, defeats that have raised questions about Simone Inzaghi.

    Throw in the loss at Lazio in late August and Inter have lost three of their last four games in all competitions.

    Aina and his colleagues visit San Siro this weekend knowing success could see them supplant the Nerazzurri in the embryonic Serie A standings.

    The wide defender has started all but one game under Ivan Juric this term and should be involved in Saturday’s clash.

  • Lookman Hojlund Monza Atalanta

    Ademola Lookman vs David Okereke & Cyriel Dessers

    Lookman seems to have recovered from the ignominy of a half-time substitution against Hellas Verona in late August to win a penalty in Atalanta’s opening game of September against Torino before setting up Rasmus Winther Hojlund at Monza last time out.

    The attacker will back himself to continue the recent fine spell in the attacking third when La Dea welcome Cremonese to the Gewiss Stadium.

    Okereke and Dessers are likely to continue their partnership up top when the new boys travel to the season’s early high-flyers looking to avoid their fifth Serie A defeat in six games.

    Atalanta are the sure-fire favourites but Gian Piero Gasperini’s men will be wary of taking the newly-promoted side for granted.

  • Terem Moffi Lorient 2022-23

    Terem Moffi

    A purple patch for Moffi has seen him find the back of the net five times in his last four Ligue 1 appearances, with the frontman’s latest strike coming in Lorient’s 3-1 success over Olympique Lyon.

    The centre-forward will back himself to find the net yet again when Nantes are the visitors at Stade Yves Allainmat-Le Moustoir on Sunday, a ground Lorient have netted five times and conceded twice in a pair of games.

    Only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (seven) have found the back of the net more times than Moffi who will back himself to increase his tally against a side that are winless on their travels after three away games in 2022-23.