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Nigerians to watch this weekend

05:00 IST 25/12/2021
Emmanuel Dennis of Watford and Nigeria.
GOAL previews the nation’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around the world this weekend

  • Alex Iwobi

    Preview of Nigerians in Europe

    Alex Iwobi will hope to feature for Everton before leaving for Africa Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria when the Toffees host Brighton & Hove Albion.

    At Vicarage Road, Emmanuel Dennis’ Watford will strive to end a five-game losing streak when Tottenham Hotspur visit.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka

    Onyeka had a decent game despite Manchester City monopolising the ball in Brentford’s 1-0 defeat by the Premier League leaders on Wednesday, winning back possession and getting stuck in from time to time.

    The battling midfielder and his teammates play host to Aston Villa aiming to start 2022 on a positive note after losing their final two games of 2021.

    Sunday afternoon’s match will be Onyeka’s last before joining up with Nigeria’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    While Dennis continued his incredible campaign last time out by scoring his eighth PL goal of the season, Watford were beaten 4-1 by West Ham United.

    The Hornets have suffered five losses on the trot, leaving them a place and two points above Burnley in 18th spot having played a game more.

    Only Mohamed Salah (24) has contributed to more goals than Dennis (13) in England's top flight and the forward will look to keep it that way by being decisive for Claudio Ranieri’s men when they host Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur.

    Spurs are unbeaten in the league since the Italian manager’s arrival, making them favourites at Vicarage Road.

  • Alex Iwobi of Everton

    Alex Iwobi

    Iwobi started Everton’s last PL game — a creditable 1-1 draw at Chelsea — and the attacking midfielder will hope to feature in some capacity when the Toffees host Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.

    Rafael Benitez’s team have picked up only one win since September — a 2-1 success over Arsenal — and they have it all to do against a hard-to-beat and coherent Seagulls.

    Success for Everton will be their fifth at Goodison Park this season.

  • West Brom's Semi Ajayi

    Semi Ajayi

    West Bromwich Albion had their final game of 2021 (against Preston North End) postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the visitors, but their game against Cardiff City is expected to go ahead.

    Ajayi will look to start at the heart of the defence for the fourth-placed side aiming to keep pace with Fulham, who occupy the second automatic promotion spot.

    The Albion trail the West London outfit by four points and could close the gap with a win over the Welsh outfit.

  • Samuel Chukwueze of Nigeria and Villarreal.

    Samuel Chukwueze

    Villarreal ended 2021 on a positive note, claiming three wins on the spin to move into the top half in La Liga.

    Chukwueze has not had ample game time since returning from injury, but the wide attacker ought to play in some capacity, nonetheless, when the Yellow Submarine face-off with Levante at Estadio de la Ceramica.

    The bottom visitors are winless in the league this term, so the onus is on Unai Emery’s team to pick up a fourth win on the trot.