Preview of Nigerians in Europe
In Friday night’s Premier League clash, Frank Onyeka will strive to get the better of countrymen William Troost-Ekong and Emmanuel Dennis, whose Watford have lost three on the trot.
Alex Iwobi has played little in the last couple of games since Brentford, but the Everton man could return to the side against Michael Olise’s Crystal Palace.
Brentford vs Watford
It has not been a good time for the Hornets of late as results continue to oscillate between feast and famine—they have now lost their last three.
Emmanuel Dennis’ goalscoring run was halted in Watford’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester City last weekend and the club’s top scorer will look to get back among the goals against Frank Onyeka’s Bees.
Thomas Frank’s team, like Friday’s opponents, have picked up only one victory in their last five matches, so there is no clear favourite in this one.
William Troost-Ekong ought to feature at the back as Nicolas Nkoulou’s absence persists, but Claudio Ranieri will hope for a strong showing from a centre-back whose form has suffered in recent outings.
The likeliest Nigerian to feature for Leicester City if fit, Ndidi and his Foxes colleagues need results in the Premier League to move closer to the European spots.
One win in their last five means the East Midlands side occupy 11th spot in the standings, although the tightness of the table could see them climb if they pick up wins in succession.
Brendan Rodgers’ team hosts Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, who secured their first league victory of the campaign against Burnley last time out, searching for successive league wins at the King Power Stadium for the first time this season.
Crystal Palace vs Everton
Michael Olise was probably a bit sore by his late introduction at Manchester United last time out, with Patrick Vieira only introducing the teenager late on in the 1-0 loss.
It was likely the same for Iwobi, who got only four minutes off the bench as Everton ended an eight-game run without a win against the attacking midfielder’s old side Arsenal.
Both playmakers clash this weekend with Palace looking to bounce back from the recent three losses on the trot, while the Toffees aim for successive victories to banish the recent gloomy run.
Last weekend’s strike against RB Leipzig was Awoniyi’s ninth in the Bundesliga, taking him three behind Sebastian Andersson's 12 goals in 2019/20 which set a Union Berlin top flight goalscoring record.
The centre-forward looks to enter double figures for the first time in any of Europe’s top five leagues when Union travel to Greuther Furth on Sunday afternoon.
With this weekend’s hosts winless in their last 23 games in the Bundesliga, Awoniyi will back himself to add to his current tally in Furth.
Simon did not have a great game last time out, although Nantes secured a 1-0 victory over Lorient to end a five-game run without success.
Despite the underwhelming showing, Antoine Kombouare is expected to utilise the forward whose creativity from wide positions and dead-ball situations remains key to the Canaries’ play.
Nantes play host to fifth-placed Lens this weekend knowing maximum points could take them as high as mid-table if results elsewhere go their way.
Simon is without an assist in three games, a run he will want to change on Friday night.
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