Nigerian players to watch out for


The weekend is upon us and Nigerian footballers around the globe turn out for their clubs this weekend, Afrofooty takes a review on players to watch this weekend.

Wilfred Ndidi

Leicester City bounced back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat by Manchester United, with a gritty comeback win against Tottenham Hotspur last week, coming back from behind to win 2-1.

Ndidi featured in the 2-1 success over Spurs last time out, and should start when the Foxes play host to struggling Newcastle United.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are unbeaten at the King Power Stadium this season, claiming seven points from nine, so they’ll aim to please expectant supporters on Sunday evening.

However, they should be wary of a Newcastle side whose only win on the road this term came against Tottenham in August.

Alex Iwobi

Everton were expected to make light work of Sheffield United at Goodison Park last

week, but the Blades stunned their hosts 2-0.

Defeat against the newly promoted side ended their streak of six successive wins on home turf, something Marco Silva will want to change against Manchester City in Saturday’s teatime fixture.

Iwobi, who came on as a second-half substitute against Sheffield, is likely to return to the starting line-up after a good showing against Sheffield Wednesday in the Toffees’ 2-0 Carabao Cup win in midweek.

Having seen City annihilate Watford 8-0 previously, Everton will hope Pep Guardiola’s men are not as clinical as they were at the Etihad last week.

Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham

While Tomori got rave reviews for his defensive performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool, Abraham was criticised for his miss which could’ve changed the course Sunday’s loss at Stamford Bridge.

The pair got a breather in the Blues’ 7-1 hammering of Grimsby Town on Wednesday, and are expected to return for the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Frank Lampard is still looking for his first league win at the Bridge, but will go into Saturday’s game in high spirits after an emphatic first home win against Grimsby in midweek.

Brighton have lost all four meetings against Chelsea since gaining promotion, and it’s hard to see anything other than a home win this weekend.

Semi Ajayi

The central defender scored in successive games as West Bromwich Albion dispatched Huddersfield Town 4-2 at the Hawthorns, after previously netting in their match before.

Having featured in every minute of The Albion’s games this term, Ajayi ought to keep his place when Slaven Bilic’s troops face in-form Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Fifth-placed QPR have won four games on the spin, and will pose the biggest threat to West Bromwich’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

Oghenekaro Etebo

Etebo featured as Stoke City stopped their run of successive defeats with a goalless draw against Brentford.

The stalemate was Stoke’s first clean sheet of the campaign too, and they’ll be out to build on that when they host Nottingham Forest in game-week nine.

Forest, who have won their last two, are unbeaten in five and also have the joint-third best defence in the Championship, so Etebo and co. won’t have it easy at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo

Having stopped their run of losses at Valencia, Leganes followed up their 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium with a similar score against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

Awaziem and Omeruo finally played together against Bilbao, so it’s not out of place to imagine Mauricio Pellegrino will retain the pair for their trip to Granada in gameweek seven.

The Nasrids are still on a high after a 2-0 win over Barcelona in gameweek five, but Pellegrino’s troop will want to rain on their parade by claiming their first win of the season.

Jamilu Collins

Paderborn’s 2-1 loss to fellow strugglers Hertha Berlin left the Bundesliga returnees rooted to the bottom of the standings after a winless start to the season.

It doesn’t get any easier for Collins and his teammates in matchweek six as Bayern Munich visit the Benteler Arena.

Will Steffen Baumgart’s side claim a massive scalp, or will their wretched winless run continue?

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