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Nigerians to watch this weekend

17:36 BST 26/08/2022
Everton and Nigeria's Iwobi.
GOAL previews the nation’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around the world this weekend

The action across Europe’s top five leagues continue this weekend with a plethora of Nigerians expected to play for their teams.

Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho’s Leicester City travel to inconsistent Chelsea seeking their opening victory of the campaign.

In Serie A, an in-form Victor Osimhen looks to continue his strong performances for Napoli whose impressive start to 2022-23 could continue against Fiorentina.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Joe Aribo

    Southampton picked up their first victory of the campaign at Leicester City last time out and could target successive wins against Manchester United.

    Aribo has played every game for the Saints this season and is likely to play in some capacity against Erik ten Hag’s men who picked up an impressive success over Liverpool on Monday night.

    The Saints have proved to be a thorn in the Manchester outfit’s side and a positive result cannot be ruled out.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Onyeka vs Iwobi

    While Frank Onyeka is not likely to start when Brentford host Everton, Alex Iwobi is expected to play from the off against the Bees in West London.

    The erstwhile Arsenal man has been one of the Toffees’ better players in a tough start to the campaign and has become a trusted component of Frank Lampard’s team.

    The corresponding fixture last season saw Iwobi come under severe criticism but a lot has happened since with the 26-year-old undoubtedly back in favour.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    Ndidi and Iheanacho

    It has been a torrid start to the new season for Leicester City with Wilfred Ndidi playing every minute in the Foxes’ winless Premier League start.

    Kelechi Iheanacho has been a bit-part but will hope to make Brendan Rodgers’ XI for the first time in 2022-23.

    Will the East Midlands side claim their first win of the campaign?

  •  Eberechi Eze of Nigeria and Crystal Palace.

    Eze and Olise

    While the Crystal Palace attacking midfielder has thrived so far, Michael Olise has had to bide his time in the opening three weekends.

    Eberechi Eze continued his fine run of performances when Palace defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Selhurst Park last week and will relish a similar performance at Manchester City.

    The Eagles gained four points from the Cityzens last season; a run Patrick Vieira’s men could continue this weekend.

  • David Okereke of Nigeria and Cremonese.

    Okereke and Dessers vs Aina

    David Okereke and Cyriel Dessers continued their partnership in Monday’s defeat by Roma but could not contribute a goal in the 1-0 loss.

    It was not for the want of trying, though, with Dessers, in particular, giving the host side a hard time.

    Both frontmen could feature in tandem for Cremonese who play host to Ola Aina’s Torino at Stadio Giovanni Zini in their first home game since promotion to Serie A.

    Will Aina and his teammates ruin the new boys’ big day in the big time?

  • Victor Osimhen

    Victor Osimhen

    Even though the unpronounceable Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been Napoli’s finest performer hitherto, Osimhen still packs a punch and has been instrumental in the Partenopei’s strong start.

    Luciano Spalletti’s men travel to Fiorentina in gameweek three looking to claim a third straight win on the trot and continue their unblemished run.

    Osimhen’s next goal takes him to three and the Super Eagle will back himself to end the weekend atop the scorers’ log.