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Nigerians to watch this weekend

2:00 AM SGT 16/4/22
Samu Chukwueze Villarreal
GOAL previews the nation’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around Europe this weekend

  • Michael Olise Crystal Palace 2021-22

    Preview of Nigerians in Europe

    Michael Olise has been tremendous for Crystal Palace in this year’s FA Cup and the Eagles need another top showing to eliminate Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

    At Vicarage Road, a seemingly out-of-favour Emmanuel Dennis hopes to flourish when Watford host in-form Brentford.

  • Ademola Lookman of Nigeria and Leicester City.

    Ademola Lookman

    Having come off the bench in Leicester City’s 2-1 win over PSV on Thursday, Lookman will hope to start against Newcastle United after a strong showing in Eindhoven.

    The wide attacker was creative against the Dutch side, fashioning a couple of chances for his teammates on the night.

    The fact it followed a decisive showing in the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend means Brendan Rodgers could lean on the winger for the visit to Newcastle.

    Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to play in some capacity at St James’ Park.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    The out-of-form Dennis has not started a game following the last international break, coming off the bench in defeats by Liverpool and Leeds United.

    Watford play host to a Brentford side that have picked up 12 points from the last available 15, perhaps making them favourites for the trip to Hertfordshire.

    Dennis has scored once in his last 13 league appearances (11 starts) and his worrying return in front of goal has undermined the Hornets’ survival prospects.

  • Michael Olise

    Michael Olise

    Five direct contributions for Crystal Palace’s Olise in this season’s FA Cup have aided the Eagles’ progress to the semi-final, where they play Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

    The playmaker has struggled with an injury of late but ought to return to the squad for Patrick Vieira’s men.

    Palace have never won the sport’s oldest cup competition, but success over last year’s beaten finalists could add to the feeling that this is their year to claim an unprecedented success.

  • Samuel Chukwueze of Nigeria and Villarreal.

    Samuel Chukwueze

    Following his heroics in Villarreal’s impressive elimination of Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Chukwueze could start for the Yellow Submarine in this weekend’s clash with Getafe.

    Unai Emery’s men are off-form in La Liga, claiming four points from their last 15, leaving them eight points back of Real Sociedad in sixth spot.

    Chukwueze’s next goal involvement would be his sixth in the competition.

  • Victor Osimhen Napoli

    Victor Osimhen

    Osimhen is not going to play until Easter Monday, but Napoli’s clash with Roma could either strengthen the Partenopei’s Scudetto quest or further undermine their chances.

    Even though the forward scored and assisted last time out against Fiorentina, it was not enough for the Naples outfit as they fell to a fifth defeat at their home.

    They face a Roma side unbeaten in Serie A since early January, so Monday’s clash is not a gimme for Osimhen and his teammates.