UEFA Europa League Matchday: Nigerians to Watch
After two exciting UEFA Champions League match days, the UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League also return today.
These two competitions feature the bulk of Nigerian players currently participating in club continental action. We’ve picked out eight games for you to watch today.
Leicester City vs Randers (Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Ademola Lookman, Stephen Odey and Tosin Kehinde)
This is our game to watch, as five Nigerians are expected to play.
Leicester City face Randers in the Europa Conference League Knockout Playoffs, hoping to improve on their patchy domestic campaign.
The Foxes enter this competition after placing third in their Europa League group. Randers have made history on the continent by making it to the knockout stages for the first time.
Dortmund vs Rangers (Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo)
In the Europa League Round of 16, Scottish Premiership Champions, Rangers will face German heavyweights, Borussia Dortmund.
The Gers advanced to the last 32 after placing second in Group A, behind Lyon and their Nigerian trio will be hoping to earn a positive first leg result.
Porto vs Lazio (Zaidu Sanusi)
Portuguese Primeira Liga giants, FC Porto take on Italian Serie A side, SS Lazio in the Europa League Knockout Playoffs.
The clubs meet for the first leg at Estadio do Dragao, after the hosts were relegated from the Champions League. Their visitors finished second in their Europa League group.
Zaidu Sanusi should start on the left side of Porto’s defense barring any last-minute changes.
Barcelona vs Napoli (Victor Osimhen)
This is Victor Osimhen’s chance to make more headlines. The hardworking striker will look to add to his ten goals already this season, including four in the group stage.
Spanish giants, FC Barcelona host SSC Napoli at the Nou Camp for the first leg of their Europa League Knockout Playoff match.
After disappointingly finishing third in their Champions League group, the Catalan giants were relegated to this competition. Napoli finished second in their group behind Victor Moses’ Spartak Moscow.
Fenerbahce vs Slavia Prague (Peter Olayinka and Yira Sor)
Turkish giants, Fenerbahce face Czech giants, Slavia Prague in the Europa Conference League playoff round.
Fenerbahce will be attempting to reach the last 16 of a European competition for the first time since the 2015/2016 season. For Slavia Prague, they are attempting to reach the Europa League last 16 for the third time in four years.
Midtjylland vs PAOK (Raphael Onyedika)
Bright youngster, Raphael Onyedika will be in action for FC Midtylland.
They welcome PAOK of Greece to the MCH Arena for the opening leg of their Europa Conference League Playoff series.
Since August of last year, the hosts have only won one of their last five European games, while the visitors have only lost one of their last nine European games.
Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt (Victor Boniface)
When his Norwegian side faces Celtic, 21-year-old striker, Victor Boniface will be hoping to make his Europa Conference League debut.
Celtic on the other hand, are trying to extend their unbeaten streak to 17 games when they face Bodo/Glimt tonight.
Atalanta BC vs Olympiacos (Henry Onyekuru)
Olympiacos have travelled to Italy for the first leg of the encounter. The pacy Nigerian attacker could make his seventh appearance in the competition this season.
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