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Nigerians to watch this weekend

09:32 EAT 29/04/2022
Everton's Alex Iwobi 2021-22
GOAL previews the nation’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around Europe this weekend
  • Nwakaeme Abdullah Avcı Trabzonspor

    Preview of Nigerians in Europe

    Alex Iwobi and Watford’s Nigerian contingent led by Emmanuel Dennis face a pivotal week in the battle for survival in the Premier League.

    In Turkey, Anthony Nwakaeme and his Trabzonspor colleagues could end the Black Sea Storm’s 38-year wait for a Super Lig title this weekend.

  • Ademola Lookman Leicester Wolves 2021-22

    Kelechi Iheanacho & Ademola Lookman

    While Brendan Rodgers is likely to rotate his Leicester City side with their reverse fixture at Roma in the Europa Conference League on the horizon, Kelechi Iheanacho or Ademola Lookman ought to feature in some capacity against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

    The game carries less importance for the Foxes who will not rise higher than ninth in the standings but the outcome could either enhance or hurt Spurs’ top-four challenge.

    Lookman was instrumental in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Roma and may back himself to continue his fine form against Antonio Conte’s troops.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    The only Nigerian to be getting game time at Watford, Dennis’ contribution could be key for the Hornets against Burnley on Saturday.

    Roy Hodgson’s men have lost 10 games on the trot at Vicarage Road but need to end that wretched run to cut the Clarets’ nine-point advantage in the table.

    Dennis has scored and assisted in the last two games and such consistency in goal contributions will be crucial if the Hertfordshire outfit are to avoid immediate relegation at the end of the season.

  • Everton boss Frank Lampard and Alex Iwobi of Nigeria.

    Alex Iwobi

    Everton may have a game outstanding on Burnley but ending last weekend in the relegation zone means the Toffees’ worst fears may come true.

    Iwobi was one of Frank Lampard’s better performers in last week’s Merseyside derby defeat by Liverpool and the Englishman will require another top showing from the Super Eagle when Chelsea visit on Sunday.

    While the Toffees currently sit two points back of Burnley, Lampard’s men could be five points behind by kick-off if the resurgent Clarets beat Watford on Saturday, potentially cranking up the pressure on the Goodison Park outfit.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin and Nigeria.

    Taiwo Awoniyi

    A commendable fightback at RB Leipzig last time out was Union Berlin’s fourth in a row in the Bundesliga which leaves them only two points outside fifth spot.

    Awoniyi’s next goal will be his 14th in the league and it will be timely against a Greuther Furth side that are rooted at the bottom of the standings.

    Union have picked up seven points from their last available nine in Berlin, thus making them favourites to defeat a side that have picked up only three points on their travels.

  • Giresunspor Trabzonspor Nwakaeme

    Anthony Nwakaeme

    Trabzonspor have been without a Super Lig title in over a generation but that wait could come to an end this weekend.

    Nwakaeme missed last week’s 3-1 win over Adana Demirspor and it remains to be seen if the wide attacker will return for gameweek 35’s clash with Antalyaspor.

    A staggering 11 points separate the table-topping Black Sea Storm from second-place Fenerbahce, and maximum points on Saturday will guarantee Trabzonspor their first league title since 1984.