Preview of Africans abroad
The Premier League returns on Saturday and it pits Watford against title challengers Liverpool, with Ismaila Sarr looking to outdo his countryman Sadio Mane at Vicarage Road.
In Serie A, Kalidou Koulibaly and Andre Zambo Anguissa will look to continue their impressive campaigns when Napoli play host to Torino seeking to continue their flawless start to the season.
Chelsea face a potentially difficult trip to Brentford on Saturday and Mendy is expected to be busy at the Brentford Community Stadium.
The Senegal goalkeeper has been rather busy so far this season and has had to earn his three clean sheets from six games.
Thomas Frank’s team will test the Blues’ resolve and the West London derby promises to be an exciting fixture from gameweek eight.
Hakim Ziyech may play some part in the encounter having trained at Cobham throughout the international break.
Sarr vs Mane & Salah
Claudio Ranieri takes charge of his first Watford game and it’s Liverpool visiting Vicarage Road on Saturday lunchtime.
The Italian boss will look to Ismaila Sarr to repeat his historic performance from the 2019/20 season in which he troubled a Reds side that eventually ended the campaign as champions.
Having netted four of the Hornets’ seven league goals, the Senegal attacker will hope for a repeat performance against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
He faces his countryman Sadio Mane, whose next Premier League goal will make him the latest PL Centurion, a feat already achieved by Mohamed Salah this term.
The Egypt superstar has already netted six league goals this season — joint-top with Jamie Vardy — and will relish his prospects against a side that has allowed many chances to opponents this term.
Liverpool could end the gameweek top of the division if results go their way.
Koulibaly & Anguissa
Napoli remain unblemished after seven games and they’ll look to continue their amazing start to 2021/22 when they play host to Torino this weekend.
While Victor Osimhen has been in the spotlight, the performances of Kalidou Koulibaly and Andre Zambo Anguissa have been utterly incredible in the early weeks of the season.
The Senegal centre-back has looked back to his best under Luciano Spalletti and is going to play a huge part in their challenge to return to the Champions League positions.
In the middle of the park, the dynamism of the Cameroon man has been felt, with his engine and thrust in possession important to the Partenopei’s drive in that area.
With the Turin outfit winless in three successive games, the Naples outfit will back themselves to take advantage on Sunday evening.
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Hakimi & Gueye
A Paris Saint-Germain side that included Achraf Hakimi and Idrissa Gueye struggled in the 2-0 defeat by Stade Rennes two weeks ago and they’ll look to bounce back against Angers on Friday.
The wide defender remains suspect in back four, something this weekend’s visitors will back themselves to exploit in the encounter.
Regardless of PSG’s result this weekend, they’ll hang on to top spot in Ligue 1 after this round of games.
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Olympique Lyonnais have lost only once in their last seven Ligue 1 games and Monaco have won their last three on the trot, but something has to give on Sunday.
Karl Toko Ekambi was in amazing form before the two-week interlude, involved in six goals in six appearances heading in the international break.
The Central African forward is likely to play a significant part as Lyon strive to end their visitors’ run of wins—currently the longest streak in Ligue 1.