The English Premier League enters week 27 with two of the biggest games set to involve three Nigerians this weekend. Wembley will host the top fixture, with Tottenham set to welcome neighbors, Arsenal and Nigeria international, Alex Iwobi, for the North London Derby on Saturday.
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 10, 2018
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Iwobi, who last started in the NLD when both sides played out a 1-1 draw back in November 6, 2017, would be hoping to get the nod once again as the Gunners attempt to do the double over their fiercest city rivals.
It’s the first meeting between the sides at Wembley since the FA Cup semifinal in 1993, which Arsenal won 1-0, but can the ‘Naija Boy’ help Arsene Wenger’s side complete the double or will Spurs get revenge for that defeat at the Emirates earlier in the season?
At the Etihad, Nigerian duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho will have it all to do when they take on their hosts, Manchester City later in the evening tomorrow.
Ndidi has been a constant feature for the Foxes this season, while Iheanacho has struggled to break into the starting team of the 2016 champions.
However, things have changed recently, the ex-City star was rewarded for his brilliance in the FA Cup with a start last weekend and would be hoping to keep his place in the starting eleven when they come up against his former employers, who are the current league leaders.
Another Nigerian who will be playing in week 27 is Victor Moses, whose club, Chelsea don’t play until Monday, when they host West Brom Albion at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte reports no new injuries at this stage in the build-up to Monday’s game.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 9, 2018
Two defeats in a row, including that incredible 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth, means Moses and his side will be looking to return to winning ways against the Baggies.
Elsewhere in the PL, second placed Manchester United are at Newcastle United, while Liverpool are also on the road, as Virgil van Dijk returns to Southampton for the first time since his record smashing transfer in January.
Saturday, 10 February
Spurs v Arsenal
Everton v C. Palace
Stoke v Brighton
Swansea v Burnley
West Ham v Watford
Man. City vs Leicester
Sunday, 11 February
Hudd’fld v B’Mouth
Newcastle v Man. Utd
Soton v Liverpool
Monday, 12 February
Chelsea v WBA