Nigerians to watch this weekend

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GOAL previews the nation’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around Europe this weekend

  1. Preview of Nigerians in Europe

    Preview of Nigerians in Europe

    Having secured Premier League survival, Alex Iwobi will seek a huge success over old side Arsenal.

    At Stamford Bridge, Watford’s Nigerian contingent will hope to leave the league on a positive note at Chelsea.

  2. Eberechi Eze
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    Eberechi Eze

    The playmaker ought to play for Crystal Palace when they host a Manchester United side seeking a win to avoid dropping to the Europa Conference League spot.

    Eze has been in Patrick Vieira’s recent XIs — assisting his first league goal of the season in the 3-2 loss at Everton on Thursday — and the Palace midfielder could start for a sixth game running on Sunday.

    Palace could end in the top half if they win the Red Devils and results elsewhere go their way.

  3. Alex Iwobi
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    Alex Iwobi

    Everton’s roaring fightback against Palace on Thursday means the Toffees will play in next season’s Premier League.

    Iwobi and his teammates head to Champions League-chasing Arsenal looking to scupper any chance the Gunners have of ending in the top four.

    The ex-Arsenal man has often suffered defeat back at his old stomping ground and will seek a positive result at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

  4. Samuel Kalu

    Samuel Kalu

    The winger has started two games on the trot and could make it three when Watford visit Chelsea on the final gameweek.

    Kalu is likely to remain at the Hornets having only joined in January and he could be involved in his first goal for the Hornets this weekend.

    Aside from Kalu, William Troost-Ekong, Peter Etebo and Emmanuel Dennis could all feature at the Bridge for the relegated Hertfordshire outfit.

  5. Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey
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    Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey

    After suffering a damaging Europa League defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, the Rangers pair will have to pick themselves up for this weekend’s Cup final against Hearts.

    Aribo and Bassey are likely to start for the ‘Gers who look to end the campaign with some positivity after a season in which they have lost their Scottish Premiership title and suffered heartbreak in Europe.

    Will Rangers’ Nigerian contingent claim a title that has eluded the club since 2009?

  6. Victor Osimhen
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    Victor Osimhen

    Another powerful header — his seventh of the season — at home to Genoa saw Osimhen take his Serie A tally for the season to 14.

    This saw the Nigerian set a new personal best in Europe’s top five leagues and he could make that 15 when the Azzurri travel to Spezia.

    Sunday’s hosts have conceded 68 goals in 2021/22, only two teams have let in more, giving the tenacious forward extra confidence heading into the final gameweek as Napoli seek a fourth win on the trot to close out the campaign.