Super Eagles duo close in on Europa League last 32 place
Club Brugge are on the right track to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages as they shared the spoils with Galatasaray in Istanbul in their penultimate group game in the Champions League. Nigerian duo Emmanuel Dennis and David Okereke played some part in Tuesday’s showdown, but they failed to find the net. Anyhow, the Belgian champions improved their chances of qualifying with the 1-1 draw with Galatasaray.
Injury time excitement in Istanbul
Club Brugge’s performance in the Turk Telekom Stadyumu clash was anything but brilliant, but Philippe Clement’s troops once again showed character. The Belgian champions were on the verge of suffering a loss to Galatasaray in the Turkish capital, but Krepin Diatta eventually helped the visitors pick up vital point from the clash. The Senegal rising star scored the equalizer from just outside the box two minutes into the stoppage time to help Club Brugge retain the third position in Group A.
Super Eagles striker Dennis started the match, but he was replaced by Siebe Shrijvers after 58 minutes. David Okereke, on the other hand, came as a substitute for Lois Openda in the 77th minute of the game. Despite having nice goal-scoring opportunities, the Nigerian duo failed to find the net in the 1-1 draw with Galatasaray. Dennis picked up a neat pass inside the box in the 48th minute, but his shot towards the middle of the goal was saved by Fernando Muslera. Okereke, on the other hand, made a yard for himself inside the box in the 80th minute, but his shot went just wide of the right post.
Back Nigeria internationals to beat Mouscron
Club Brugge have been producing excellent performances in all competitions this season. Philippe Clement’s men are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, with the team being six points clear of second-placed Standard Liege ahead of Matchday 17.
The league leaders will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over KV Oostende when they take on Royal Excel Mouscron on Saturday afternoon. Club Brugge are undefeated at their Jan Breydelstadion, and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their sixth home win of the season.
Speaking of their rivals, Bernd Hollerbach’s team sit in the middle of the table ahead of the trip to Brugge. Mouscron are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against the title holders, but given their shaky defence, we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of grabbing something from the match. Since Club Brugge are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Home Win + Over 2.5 goals, which is priced 2/5 at Betway.
Other Super Eagles in action this weekend
Leicester City to win @7/1
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to bring glory days back to King Power Stadium. Leicester City made a flying start to the season, with the team sitting in the second position in the Premier League standings after 13 rounds. Thanks to a 2-0 win at Brighton, the Foxes extended their winning run in the English top flight to five games, and they are seen as favourites to beat struggling Everton on Matchday 14. Nigerian midfielder Wilfried Ndidi is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up, while Everton summer signing Alex Iwobi is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming from the bench in a shocking 2-0 loss to Norwich City.
Osimhen to score at 13/10
Super Eagles attacker Victor Osimhen has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch with Lille of late. The 20-year-old failed to find the net in the last five Ligue 1 games, but he is still leading les Dogues’ goal-scoring chart (seven goals). Osimhen will not have a better chance than this to start a new goal-scoring in the French top flight as Lille play host to Dijon at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday evening. The Nigeria rising star is 13/10 at bet365 to find the net against the Mustards.
Valencia vs Villarreal both teams to score @5/8
Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal will be looking to put an end to their four-game winless run in La Liga when they take on Valencia at Estadio de Mestalla this weekend. The Super Eagles winger scored for the Yellow Submarine in a 3-1 loss to Celta Vigo, and, no doubt, all eyes will be on him when Javi Calleja’s troops face los Che on Matchday 15. Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two teams, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.