Nigerian footballers will be in action in the top leagues in Europe this weekend for their respective clubs.
Wilfred Ndidi could make his first Leicester City start in the Premier League since returning from a lengthy injury against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, while Alex Iwobi who seems to have gotten the confidence of Everton coach, Carlo Ancelloti in recent weeks, should start against Chelsea.
The centre-back featured in West Bromwich Albion’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Crystal Palace last time out, a collapse that took place largely due to Matheus Pereira’s harsh first-half sending off.
Pressure is mounting on Slaven Bilic, with several reports suggesting the Croat is walking a tightrope and may be sacked if the Albion lose at Newcastle United on Saturday.
Ajayi has played in all but one of West Bromwich’s 11 games and the gigantic defender will look to make his 11th appearance as the Baggies hope to keep a rare clean sheet at St James’ Park.
Wilfred Ndidi got another run-out in Leicester City’s Europa League game against AEK Athens, playing for 63 minutes in the Foxes’ 2-0 success.
Brendan Rodgers’ team play Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday seeking to build on last week’s late success against Sheffield United.
The Seagulls somehow failed to get a result against Southampton but will fancy themselves against a Leicester side with a sketchy run of results on home turf this season having chalked up two wins and three defeats so far at home.
Alex Iwobi started at right wing-back in Everton’s game at Burnley before switching to right-back after the half-hour mark.
While the constant changes in the attacking midfielder’s position and recent switch to defence is less than ideal, still, the former Arsenal man ought to feature against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday night.
The Toffees are in poor form, winning one in seven, but beat the Blues last term and should be willed on by their returning supporters.
Villarreal drew their third game on the trot last time out with their encounter with Elche ending goalless.
Samuel Chukwueze started the encounter but was withdrawn just after the hour mark against the mid-table side who somehow, eked out a fourth stalemate on the trot at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Unai Emery’s team travel to a Real Betis side that’s lost three of their last four games in La Liga, so maybe the Yellow Submarine are due a win following three successive draws in the Spanish top flight.
Crotone have a promising encounter against fellow new boys Spezia as the Pythagoreans look to finally pick up their first win since returning to Serie A.
However, the visitors, wryly, would equally fancy their prospects against a team that’s struggled for goals since regaining promotion to the top flight while conceding 24, the joint worst backline this term.
Simy Nwankwo has netted 50 percent of the side’s goals so far and Giovanni Stroppa will count on the towering frontman to deliver the goods against the side in 15th place.