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Nigerians to watch this weekend

00:08 SAST 2019/11/08
Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City vs Burnley October 2019
Goal preview the Nigerians expected to feature for their respective clubs around the world this weekend

  • Alex Iwobi Christian Eriksen Everton vs Tottenham 2019-20

    Alex Iwobi

    The attacking midfielder was culpable in Everton’s concession of a goal against Tottenham Hotspur, but his mistake wasn’t as costly as it might have been as Cenk Tosun scored a late equalizer in second-half stoppage time as it ended 1-1.

    Marco Silva’s side face beleaguered Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium seeking to inflict more misery on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s troops, who lost their last home fixture 9-0 against Leicester City.

    They gave an improved performance in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester City, so Iwobi and co. may be facing the South Coast side at the wrong time.

  • Jordan Ayew and Wilfred Ndidi - Crystal Palace vs Wilfred Ndidi

    Wilfred Ndidi

    Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in gameweek 11 put them six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal in the standings, after the latter could only draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    It’s placed a high importance on Saturday’s tea-time fixture between the sides as Unai Emery’s side could fall nine points behind if they lose at the King Power Stadium.

    Ndidi, whose continued consistency can’t be celebrated enough, is expected to feature at the base of the Foxes’ midfield against an out-of-form Arsenal.

    The Gunners are winless in four successive away games since winning 1-0 at Newcastle United on the opening weekend, while Brendan Rodgers’ side have won four and drawn one of their five home games, scoring 12 and conceding just three goals. Emery’s side are there for the taking.

  • West Brom's Semi Ajayi

    Semi Ajayi

    Ajayi played well in West Bromwich Albion’s 2-0 win over cellar-dwelling Stoke City on Monday night.

    The victory took The Albion back to first place in the standings, and they’ll look to consolidate in Saturday’s trip to mid-table Hull City.

    Grant McCann’s Tigers have won three on the spin, with seven scored and none conceded in that time, so Slaven Bilic’s troops can’t afford to underestimate their opponents.

  • Eberechi Eze of QPR

    Eberechi Eze

    Regardless of Eze’s impressive showing, Queens Park Rangers couldn’t get the desired result against Leeds United last time out.

    The 2-0 defeat extended the West London club’s winless run to three, a dip they’ll want to fix against Middlesbrough at Loftus Road.

    While Eze and co. are favourites to win against a side without an away win all season (three draws and four defeats), taking Boro lightly could hurt them, as evidenced by their inconsistent home form, which reads three wins, two draws and three defeats.

  • Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal 2019-20

    Samuel Chukwueze

    Villarreal may be nine places higher and eight points ahead of Mallorca, but their meeting at Iberostar Estadi isn’t as straightforward as it seems on paper.

    The Yellow Submarine have endured three defeats in their last four away games, while the Barralet’s poor league standing is a consequence of their games on the road, not in Palma.

    Vicente Moreno’s team are unbeaten in three home games, and they’ll seek a third win in four this weekend.

    Chukwueze had to make do with a role on the bench in gameweek 12, and it remains to be seen if Javier Calleja reinstates him into the side for Sunday’s fixture.

  • Udinese's Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong

    Udinese recovered from embarrassing defeats by Atalanta (7-1) and Roma (4-0) to beat Genoa 3-1 last time out.

    Troost-Ekong is expected to play at the heart of the defence when the Little Zebras host SPAL at the Dacia Arena.

    Igor Tudor’s troops are tipped to get the better of the bottom side from Ferrara, who are winless and without a goal in all five of their away matches this term.

  • Ola Aina - Torino 2019-20

    Ola Aina

    Walter Mazzarri’s decision to play Aina at right wing-back against Juventus backfired as the wideman failed to pull up any trees in the Turin Derby defeat.

    The Bull have lost their way after a decent start to the season and are winless in their last six games.

    They travel to second-bottom Brescia, also without a win in six, seeking to end their poor run of results.

    Who will triumph in this battle of the out-of-form clubs?

  • Jamilu Collins

    Jamilu Collins

    Two of the three sides with the worst defensive records, Paderborn and Augsburg, face off on matchweek 11 to struggle for the points.

    The former has conceded 25, while the latter has allowed 24, averaging over two goals conceded per game.

    Collins was one of Steffen Baumgart’s best players in last week’s 3-0 defeat by Hoffenheim, so it’s likely he keeps his spot in the XI.

  • Victor Osimhen

    Victor Osimhen

    The forward scored his first goal on the road in Lille’s Champions League encounter with Valencia on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough has the Great Danes lost 4-1.

    The side with the best home form in Ligue 1 host struggling Metz, seeking to improve on recent decline in form that’s seen them win just once in five games.

    Osimhen, now sitting in fifth place on the list of top scorers, will hope to add to his seven top flight goals this term.