Leicester City v Chelsea: Nigerian quartet set to do battle

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Nigeria international Victor Moses was in mesmeric form during the World Cup qualification double header against Cameroon in which Nigeria beat Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo before they were forced to a 1-1 draw in Yaoundé.

Moses has since returned to Chelsea and trained along side his teammates on Wednesday in preparation for a huge fixture against Leicester City who will hopefully feature three other Super Eagles players in Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa who were all involved in the games against Cameroon that has Nigeria within touching distance of the World Cup in Russia.

However, Moses will return to the right wing-back position which is a less attacking role Nigerians have grown accustomed to seeing him play in the national colours .

Moses has excelled in that position designed to allow full backs freedom to bomb forward and support attackers in a 3-4-3 formation deployed by Chelsea Italian manager Antonio Conte.

The 25-year-old will be brimming with confidence after scoring a goal, made an assist, and been directly involved in moves that resulted to goals and creating several chances across both ties against Cameroon which earned him a deserved spot in the selected best eleven of the AFCON World Cup qualifier of matchday 4.

Moses however will come under close scrutiny on Saturday against Leicester City since Chelsea secured the signature of Italian right back Davide Zappacosta from Serie A side Torino, who is meant to provide direct competition for Victor Moses.

It appears the Nigerian has his work cut out for him, but his dribbling skills and abilities to get forward is not in doubt.

Where Moses must improve is his final balls in the opponent’s box, which to be honest has been mostly a let down.

Another area he must improve on for Chelsea in his wing back role, is his shooting. The gifted winger must be brave and try to score when opportunities avail themselves.

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is expected to start for Leicester City, but Iheanacho might start from the bench after recovery from a toe injury where he bagged a goal in the game against Cameroon.

No doubt Iheanacho’s return amongst the goals for the national team will catch the attention of foxes boss Craig Shakespeare who pulled out all the stops to sign him from Manchester City amidst numerous interests from many rival clubs.

Ahmed Musa who played a substitute role in the first-leg against Cameroon will hope to make the bench for Leicester City on Saturday as he continues his attempt to get back into the first team.

Nigerians will be eagerly anticipating what is billed to be a mouth watering and entertaining encounter between reigning English Premier League Champions Chelsea and Leicester City whom they dethroned to claim the crown.

An added spice to these tasty clash is the fact that Chelsea now have in their fold two former Leicester City midfielders in the duo of Ngolo Kante and Danny Drinkwater who were both the heart of Leicester City’s title winning team under former coach Claudio Ranieri in the 2015/2016 season.

Hopefully all Nigerians involved will give a good account of themselves come Saturday afternoon. Don’t forget to leave your prediction of the match in the comments section.

 

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