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Nigerians in Epl weekend wrap-up

A round-up of Nigerian players that were in action for their respective clubs in the English Premier League on Saturday January

Nigerian players with dual nationalities that have played competitively for the senior national teams of other countries are omitted.

Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses scored Chelsea fourth goal against Brighton at the American express, this was his first goal since his effort in the Community Shield last year as the defending champions expertly brutalized Brighton.
Stadium. Eden Hazard(2) and Willian scored the other goals to give Chelsea the 4-0 win.

At the Emirates Stadium, Alex Iwobi and his Arsenal teammates put on a show in the absence of wantaway attacker, Alexis Sanchez, putting four past Crystal Palace in a staggering first half display.

Alongside the Nigerian, Nacho Montreal, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette were also on the scoresheet while Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for the Eagles.

Freddie Ladapo was not included in the visitors 18-man squad.

Elsewhere, it was routine for the hosts at the King Power Stadium which saw Leicester City edge Watford to a 2-0 win.

A penalty goal from Jamie Vardy and a Riyad Mahrez effort was enough to see Claude Puel’s side to victory.

Wilfred Ndidi was in action for the Foxes for the entire duration of the game, Kelechi Iheanacho would not come off the bench for action, Isaac Success didn’t make the Hornets 18 while Stefano Okaka entered into the fray with nine minutes left on the clock.

Over to the London Stadium and it was another dreary affair as West Ham and Bournemouth cancelled out each other in a 1-1 draw courtesy of goals from Javier Hernandez and Ryan Fraser.

Nigeria Football Federation target Jordon Ibe saw 62 minutes of action for the Cherries before coming off for Junior Stansilas.

There were no debuts for Manchester United duo of Matthew Olosunde and Tosin Kehinde at Turf Moor as a solitary Anthony Martial’s effort proved the difference for The Red Devils who beat Burnley to keep the pressure on Manchester rivals.

At Goodison Park, Ademola Lookman was not in Everton’s match day squad against West Brom.

Jay Rodriguez’s opener in the first half was cancelled out by Baye Oumar Niasse effort.

Young Nigerian defender, Tosin Adarabioyo starts on the bench for the Citizens who square off against Newcastle in the late kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.

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