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Africans to watch this weekend

17:26 BST 15/04/2022
Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea and Morocco.
GOAL previews the continent’s stars expected to feature for their respective clubs around Europe this weekend
  • Salah Mane

    Preview of Africans in Europe

    Liverpool and Manchester rekindle their rivalry a week after their rip-roaring 2-2 draw on Sunday with a place in the FA Cup final up for grabs.

    In Serie A, Kalidou Koulibaly and Andre Zambo Anguissa look to recover from last week’s shock 3-2 defeat by Fiorentina when they host Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

  • Enock Mwepu Brighton 2021-22

    Bissouma and Mwepu

    After playing crucial parts in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-1 success at Arsenal last time out, Enock Mwepu will hope to start when the Seagulls seek successive Premier League victories when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur.

    Yves Bissouma is likely to play from the off in North London with Graham Potter’s team looking to throw a spanner in the works of another top-four contender this weekend.

    Brighton could move as high as ninth if they win and results elsewhere go in their favour.

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    Hakim Ziyech

    With Thomas Tuchel expected to rotate his squad somewhat in Sunday’s FA Cup encounter with Crystal Palace, Ziyech could start at Wembley Stadium against Patrick Vieira’s in-form side.

    The Moroccan was the match-winner in last season’s semi-final success against Manchester City, something he seeks to replicate against the Eagles.

    Having already scored the winner in the second Premier League meeting between these clubs, Ziyech will back himself to flourish as the Blues hope to end the year on a positive note.

  • Riyad Mahrez, Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

    Liverpool vs Manchester City

    The Reds’ African contingent ought to feature in varying capacities when they face off with Riyad Mahrez’s Cityzens for the second time this week.

    Jurgen Klopp could utilise Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Naby Keita against Pep Guardiola’s men and a victory keeps their ambition to claim an unprecedented quadruple alive.

    Having kept Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the bench for the majority of Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Benfica, Klopp is likely to start the forwards in Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley.

  • Bounou

    Yassine Bounou

    Bono has had an unusual few weeks in the Sevilla goal, conceding in three games on the trot for the first time in La Liga this season.

    The Morocco goalie faces Real Madrid this weekend aiming to avoid conceding for the fourth game running in the league.

    While they have won only one of their last five league games, the Seville outfit are unbeaten at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan all season, a run they could continue this weekend.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 2021-22

    Koulibaly and Anguissa

    Napoli were let off the hook last weekend following their 3-2 defeat by Fiorentina with AC Milan failing to capitalise on the Partenopei’s defeat.

    Kalidou Koulibaly played in the defeat, whereas Andre Zambo Anguissa missed out through suspension, but the pair are likely to play from the start when in-form Roma visit on Easter Monday.

    The Naples outfit have suffered five defeats on their turf and must be wary of Jose Mourinho’s side who have picked up 13 points from their last five matches.