Africans to watch this weekend

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2020-21
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Goal preview the Africans expected to feature for their respective clubs around the world this weekend

  1. Mane & Salah vs Aubameyang
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    Mane & Salah vs Aubameyang

    After dispatching Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday, courtesy of a Sadio Mane brace, Liverpool play host to Arsenal in gameweek three seeking to continue their unblemished Premier League record this season.

    Mohamed Salah netted a hat-trick the last time last year’s champions played at Anfield and he’ll want to keep pace with the competition’s top scorers so far — Son Heung-min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have four each.

    On the away side, Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scorer of 22 goals in each of the last two campaigns, will want to stay close the early-season prolific marksmen. He’s scored only once this season, but supplied a brilliant assist for Alexander Lacazette in their hard-fought 2-1 success over West Ham United last time out.

    Given Arsenal have been beaten easily at Anfield in recent years, this season represents a good time to stun Jurgen Klopp’s side and signal the North Londoners’ credentials this term.

    Naby Keita ought to play a part for the home side, while Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe might feature for Mikel Arteta’s men.

  2. Tariq Lamptey
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    Tariq Lamptey

    Brighton & Hove Albion’s right wing-back has been one of the Seagulls’ shining lights even after two games, and looks set to have another impressive outing this weekend when they host Manchester United.

    Lamptey, a product of Chelsea’s academy, possesses the pace and directness to trouble a United backline that often struggles against raw speed and incisiveness.

    Graham Porter’s side were largely unlucky to lose their opening game at the Amex vs Frank Lampard’s troops 3-1, and will believe they have a chance against the Red Devils in the first game of the weekend at lunch-time.

  3. Wilfried Zaha
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    Wilfried Zaha

    While Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp, Cheikhou Kouyate and Eberechi Eze ought to play a part vs Everton this weekend, Zaha has somewhat reinstated himself as Crystal Palace’s go-to star.

    The Eagles’ attacker was back to his best as Roy Hodgson’s men inflicted Man United’s first defeat in the Premier League in eight months in last week’s 3-1 success at Old Trafford.

    It was the first time since May 2019 that the side from south London have scored three times in the top flight, and they’ll look to the Ivory Coast superstar to thrive against the Toffees at Selhurst Park.

    Given Carlo Ancelotti’s men are, theoretically, one of the clubs the West African could still sign for, it’ll be interesting to see how Zaha fares on Saturday.

  4. Achraf Hakimi
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    Achraf Hakimi

    Possibly Inter Milan’s most-important signing of the summer window so far, Hakimi ought to make his debut for Antonio Conte when last term’s runners-up host Fiorentina.

    The former Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund wing-back was the Italian manager’s first signing of the summer, and the Moroccan will play a large part in the Nerazzurri’s quest to supplant Juventus as Serie A champions in 2020/21.

    Having threatened to walk out on Inter, Conte has been backed to a hilt in the window and the club’s Chinese owners will expect a sustained push for the Scudetto this season.

  5. Thomas Partey
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    Thomas Partey

    Following a protracted transfer to Arsenal that is yet to materialise, Partey is expected to feature for current side Atletico Madrid in their La Liga opener vs Granada on Sunday.

    Los Colchoneros haven’t made a significant buy in the summer window to suggest they’ll push rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona this term, although some might argue that the arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona contradicts this claim.

    In Granada, Diego Simeone’s team host the current league leaders, whose 100 percent record after 180 minutes is impressive.

    The visitors finished last term in seventh after winning three of their last four games, so Partey and co. have to be wary of a side on a four-game winning streak in the top flight.