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Nigerians to watch this weekend

20:35 BST 29/09/2022
 Nigeria Alex Iwobi and Everton.
GOAL previews the nation’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around Europe this weekend

The in-form Alex Iwobi returns to Everton duty after another outstanding showing for Nigeria's senior side.

Barring any injury, the former Arsenal man should start when the Toffees travel to Joe Aribo’s Southampton on Saturday.

In Serie A, Ola Aina and his teammates look to slow down early-season leaders Napoli when they face Luciano Spalletti’s men in Naples.

  •  Eberechi Eze of Nigeria and Crystal Palace.

    Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze

    Chelsea are under new management, so observers do not know what to expect from Graham Potter’s men at Crystal Palace.

    Patrick Vieira’s men will strive to capitalise on that uncertainty when they welcome their London rivals to Selhurst Park, with Eze and Olise expected to get significant minutes.

    The Eagles may sit just two points away from 18th, but success on Saturday will take them to within a point of a Chelsea side entering the gameweek in seventh.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Joe Aribo vs Alex Iwobi

    The midfielders have had contrasting starts to the season, with Aribo largely underwhelming while Iwobi has thrived.

    Southampton play host to Everton this weekend, seeking a win after two defeats on the trot, while Everton could pick up successive victories for only the second time under Frank Lampard.

    The Saints have been neither here nor there in 2022-23, bringing about inconsistent showings from Aribo, who has not got going since switching from Rangers.

  • Cyriel Dessers of Nigeria and Cremonese.

    Cyriel Dessers

    After a bittersweet time with the Super Eagles, Dessers returns to Serie A action buoyed by ending his drought against Algeria's second-string side last weekend.

    With Cremonese visiting Lecce this weekend, the striker will back himself to get the proverbial monkey off his back at Via del Mare.

    Success will be the newly-promoted side’s first in Italy’s top-flight.

  • Ola Aina Danilo Torino Juventus 2021-22

    Ola Aina

    Aina has started four of Torino’s seven Serie A games (six appearances in total) and had a commendable half-hour showing before the international break despite a 1-0 defeat by Sassuolo.

    The wide defender could feature when the Turin outfit visit unbeaten league leaders Napoli, aiming to rain on the Partenopei’s parade at the start of the season.

    However, Ivan Juric’s team must show something different after losing two on the trot before the hiatus as they seek to stun an opponent they have not got the better of since March 2015.

  • Terem Moffi Lorient 2022-23

    Terem Moffi

    Another goal for Moffi on Nigeria duty means the forward has scored seven times in as many games for club and country.

    Lorient have won four games on the trot in their best-ever start to a Ligue 1 campaign and could continue that fine form when they host seventh-placed Lille.

    The Super Eagle has netted in all but one home game in 2022-23, giving him the belief of keeping that fine run going this weekend.

  • Moses Simon of FC Nantes and Nigeria.

    Moses Simon

    Nantes are winless in their last four domestic games, with a goalless encounter with Lens a fortnight back taking them into the international break without a goal in successive home games.

    Simon and his teammates are away from home in gameweek nine, with a trip to Monaco imminent for the Canaries, who are winless in four matches on the road (two defeats).

    The Nigerian’s next goal involvement will be his fifth in Ligue 1 in 2022-23.