Saturday, 19 October 2019

Nigerian players to watch this weekend

Alex Iwobi

After Everton’s 1-0 defeat by Burnley, the break was timely for Marco Silva troops, who have now lost four on the bounce and sit in lowly 18th place.

Iwobi has been one of the Toffees’ better performers, and should feature when the Merseyside club host West Ham United at Goodison Park.

The visitors are unbeaten on the road this season, but have drawn three of their four games, and both sides might just accept a point in Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off.

Wilfred Ndidi

Leicester City had themselves to blame for losing 2-1 at Liverpool before the international break.

Having fought back to level with 10 minutes remaining, the Foxes then conceded a last-gasp penalty which James Milner tucked away.

Ndidi and his teammates host Burnley seeking a return to winning ways after their Anfield defeat.

Brendan Rodgers’ side, unbeaten at the King Power Stadium, have the joint-second best home record in the Premier League. Conversely, the Clarets are winless on their travels (three draws and a defeat), and have it all to do on Saturday.

Chidozie Awaziem

Awaziem featured in Leganes’ 2-1 defeat by Levante, which extended their winless run this season to six games.

The centre-back ought to retain his place in the Lega side that’ll travel to Getafe seeking a long-awaited first win this season.

It remains to be seen if Kenneth Omeruo plays having missed the side’s last defeat through, as well as Nigeria’s game against Brazil during the international break.

However, Mauricio Pellegrino needs his best players available if the Cucumber Growers are to break their duck.

Jamilu Collins

Cologne and Paderborn face off at the RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday afternoon, with both poor sides looking for a lucky break. The former have one win in seven, while Collins and his colleagues remain winless having suffered six defeats this campaign.

Even at this stage of the season, gameweek eight’s fixture has to go down as a relegation six-pointer for both sides.

Collins, who was culpable in the bottom side’s 2-1 defeat by Mainz in the preceding matchweek, will be looking to bounce back from his poor outing on Sunday.

William Troost-Ekong and Ola Aina

Udinese and Torino face off at the Dacia Arena, with both sides seeking to end their poor run of results which reads one win in five games.

Troost-Ekong is likely to feature for Igor Tudor’s side while Aina will play at left wing-back if he’s shrugged off the knock that prevented him from playing for the Super Eagles against the Selecao.

A defeat for either side wouldn’t bode well, as the White and Blacks could slip into the dropzone and the Bull may drop into the bottom-half in the standings.

Victor Osimhen

Two weeks ago, Osimhen’s 79th-minute equalizer against Nimes rescued a point for LOSC Lille as it ended 2-2 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

The Great Danes, whose decline in form has seen them win just once in four games, travel to struggling Toulouse searching for their first away win of the campaign. Their prospects are brightened by the Violets’ run of defeats at Stade de Toulouse, with the hosts’ winless run standing at five games.

Osimhen will also be out to end his scoreless run in away games since signing for Christophe Galtier’s side.

Moses Simon

High-flying Nantes travel to bottom-placed Metz in search of their seventh win of the season.

Simon was the main protagonist in the Canaries’ 1-0 win over Nice, and he inevitably netted his side’s winner which took them to second-place in the table.

With the Yellow House on a three-game winning run, their form as well as a three-game unbeaten run against Saturday’s opponents, makes them favourites to win their fourth on the spin.

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