Nigerians to watch this weekend

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Victor Osimhen of Napoli
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Goal preview the Nigerians expected to feature for their respective clubs around the world this weekend

  1. Wilfred Ndidi
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    Wilfred Ndidi

    Brendan Rodgers opted to start the Nigeria defensive midfielder in central defence vs West Bromwich Albion in gameweek one, and Ndidi fared reasonably well alongside Caglar Soyuncu.

    It remains to be seen whether the Leicester City boss retains the West African at centre-back for their first game at the King Power Stadium this season against Burnley.

    The Clarets didn’t feature on the opening weekend (their game with Manchester United was postponed) and the Foxes, who picked up a fairly comfortable 3-0 win over The Albion, will look to take advantage of any rustiness on the visitors' part.

    Kelechi Iheanacho, who was an unused substitute at The Hawthorns, may play a part this weekend if necessary.

  2. Odion Ighalo vs Eberechi Eze
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    Odion Ighalo vs Eberechi Eze

    While Ighalo may not feature for Manchester United on their first Premier League game of the season, Eze ought to play a significant portion of the encounter at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

    Indeed, the return to the usual three subs rule may be to the ex-Nigeria striker’s detriment as minutes may be harder to come by in the remainder of his loan spell in Manchester.

    As for Eze, having shown some silky dribbles in his Palace debut last time out vs Southampton, he’ll be buzzing to play at the Theatre of Dreams, despite the lack of fans.

    Roy Hodgson’s troops secured a shock 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture last season.

  3. Semi Ajayi

    Semi Ajayi

    Usually, this may have been dubbed Alex Iwobi vs Ajayi, but the former’s non-involvement in Everton’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last time out and absence in Wednesday’s 3-0 success over Salford City suggests he’s been frozen out by Carlo Ancelotti.

    Ajayi, on the other hand, made his top flight debut as Leicester City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 and should feature at Goodison Park having been rested in WBA’s 3-0 League Cup win over Harrogate Town.

    Slaven Bilic’s team are outsiders to pick up a result on Merseyside but, in the Prem, never rule out the unexpected.

  4. Victor Osimhen
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    Victor Osimhen

    A lot has been said about Osimhen’s big-money move to Napoli from Ligue 1 side Lille and the Nigeria forward has been in amazing form in pre-season, with a hat-trick vs Teramo on September 9 particularly noteworthy.

    The 21-year-old is likely to make his Serie A debut this weekend when Gli Azzurri take on Parma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on Sunday.

    Given the game starts at 10:30 GMT, Nigerians planning to see the beloved marksman’s debut may need to put aside usual activities to catch the 11:30 am local time kick-off.

  5. Samuel Chukwueze
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    Samuel Chukwueze

    The Villarreal winger played 90 minutes as the Yellow Submarine began their La Liga season with a disappointing draw vs newly-promoted Huesca.

    Given their decent finish to last term, which saw them end fifth, Javier Calleja will have wanted a strong start as they seek to strive to break into the Champions League positions this season.

    The UCL hopefuls face Eibar on Saturday, knowing how dominant they’ve been in the last three seasons both sides have faced off at El Madrigal. They’ve scored eight times and conceded none in the sides’ meetings in Villarreal, so another win is expected this weekend.