Premier League Day 6: How did the Nigerian players perform?

Sunday was a busy day in the Premier League with eight games played around the country. There were three home wins, two away wins and three draws.

In the early kick-off match, Fulham played fellow Londoners Watford at Craven Cottage. Watford managed to take an early lead, scoring just after 87 seconds have passed. Andre Gray got the goal, his third so far this season. Watford held on for a long time, before Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled the game in the 78th Minute. Nigerian international striker, Isaac Success Ajayi, came on in the 80th minute to replace the goalscorer Gray. The game ended all square. Stefano Okaka is yet to feature for the Hornets this season.

Bournemouth travelled to Burnley full of confidence after they beat Leicester in their previous match. Jordan Ibe was on the substitute bench and did not play. Burnley took all three points with a strong 4:0 win.

After the tough defeat to Bournemouth, Leicester City couldn’t afford a slip-up against Huddersfield Town. Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi was in the starting line-up, in midfield, next to Nampalys Mendy. He was booked in the 18th minute for a tackle on Eric Durm. Kelechi Iheanacho also started the match for the Foxes and scored the equalizer after Huddersfield took the lead early in the game. Leicester carried on taking the lead when James Maddison scored. Soon after, they secured the win after Vardy converted an excellent assist from Iheanacho. The goal was Iheanacho’s first this season for the Foxes. Philip Billing played the whole match for Huddersfield.

Dominik Solanke (www.liverpoolfc.com)

Dominik Solanke (www.liverpoolfc.com)

Dominic Solanke didn’t make the 18-man squad for Liverpool against Southampton even though he got back to training with the first team on Friday. Liverpool scored three first-half goals to easily beat Southampton and make it six wins out of six games. After an own goal by the Saints, Joel Matip scored a rare goal and Mohammed Salah also got back on the score sheet.

In the late kick-off game, Brighton played hosts to Tottenham. Luke Amos, a promising young player, didn’t make it into the team for the Spurs. Leon Balogun, the Nigerian international defender, watched the game from the bench. Tottenham took the lead via a Harry Kane penalty and went 2:0 up after a nice shot by Erik Lamela. Brighton took the game to Tottenham but managed just a consolation goal scored by Anthony Knockaert in the 3rd minute of time added on.

The Premier League continues next weekend after the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup in midweek.

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