Nigeria Players To Watch This Weekend: Onyekuru, Osimhen Seek 10th League Goals; ‘Record Holder’ Ndidi; Mikel, Moses, Omeruo, Aina, Simon Expected To Play
Izuchukwu Okosi takes a look at ten league games across Europe involving Nigerian players to watch by Nigerian football fans.
- Middlesbrough vs QPR (4pm, Saturday)
We start with the Championship game between Middlesbrough and QPR at the Riverside Stadium where Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi is expected to play his fifth league game for the team coached by Tony Pulis.
Boro are fifth in the table and are chasing promotion to the Premier League, Mikel is now a fan favourite and should start from kick off.
- Leicester vs Crystal Palace (6.30pm, Saturday)
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is the Leicester outfield player with the most league games this season with 26 matches with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The Nigerian star is nailed on to start on Saturday evening against Crystal Palace while compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho is most likely to come off the bench for his 23rd league game of the season.
- Torino vs Atalanta (3pm, Saturday)
Ola Aina‘s performance has vastly improved of late for Torino and is now one of the first names on the match day team sheet.
The defender has played 21 Serie A matches for Torino. He started 17 of those games and has scored one goal so far. The defensive and attacking impact of the Nigerian will be key against a very strong Atalanta side.
- Levante vs Real Madrid (8.45pm, Sunday)
Moses Simon is fully back fit and could start for Levante on Sunday night when they face European champions Real Madrid.
Simon has so far played seven league games and scored once. He has however started just two of those games.
- Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal (4.15pm, Sunday)
Samuel Chukwueze‘s Villarreal are guests of second placed Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday evening and the Nigerian youngster will most likely not start but benched.
Chukwueze has played 13 La Liga matches for the Yellow Submarine so far this season and scored twice.
- Leganes vs Valencia (12 pm, Sunday)
Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has been a consistent performer for Leganes this season which underlies why he should on current form, usurp Leon Balogun as the central defensive partner with William Troost Ekong in the national team.
Omeruo has played 17 league games, starting 16 of them.
- Galatasary vs Akhisarspor (5pm, Sunday)
Super Eagles striker Henry Onyekuru is hopeful of getting his double figures in terms of goals as second placed Galatasary with 42 points welcome Akhisarspor on Sunday evening.
The Nigerian has 20 league matches to his credit thus far.
- Besiktas vs Fenerbahce (7pm, Monday)
Victor Moses is on course to play his fifth league game on Monday as Fenerbahce in 15th position in the table travel to Besiktas.
Moses has scored once this term for his team where he is on loan.
- Sint Truiden vs Sporting Charleroi (8pm, Sunday)
Former Golden Eaglets striker Victor Osimhen has scored nine league goals for Sporting Charleroi after 21 Belgian Pro League games.
The one cap Super Eagles youngster is expected to play from kick off as his club travel to Sint Truiden.
- Mainz vs Schalke
Anthony Ujah is on a mission to score more than just two league goals and will hope to do so as Mainz entertain Schalke.
The out of favour Nigerian international has played 14 German Bundesliga matches.