It was another weekend of mixed fortunes for Nigerian players in the English Premier League with some hugging the headlines while others were reduced to mere spectators as the Round 15 games were played across England.
At the Vicarage Road, home ground for Watford FC, Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, was again a key player as he first earned his team a penalty kick which was converted by his teammate, Troy Deeney, before scoring late in the 2-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.
The latest goal was Ighalo’s second in two games and ninth in 15 league games as Watford recorded their third victory at home.
It was however not a good weekend for another Nigeria forward, Victor Moses, who was left injured as his team West Ham battled Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
Moses was forced to quit the game in the 37th minute and there are already fears that the knock suffered by the on-loan Chelsea star is serious.
Elsewhere, Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced just before the hour mark to help salvage the day for Manchester City but he was unable to change things as the Citizens slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the Britannia against Stoke City.
The brace from former Milan man, Marco Arnautovic, ensured that Iheanacho and his teammate are knocked off the top of the EPL table.
Though Stoke City did not even list their Nigerian striker, Peter Odemwingie, for the City game, they would be proud to have now moved up to ninth on the log.
At Stamford Bridge, Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel, watched for all 90 minutes as Chelsea crashed to another shocking home defeat.
The Blues suffered their 8th defeat of the season as they were beaten 0-1 by newly promoted AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Saturday’s defeat was the first time in 44 games that the Blues will lost at home to a newly promoted side in the League as the last time was far back in April 2011.
With the latest defeat, defending champions, Chelsea are now 17 points adrift of surprise table toppers Leicester City.
Stoke City 2 – 0 Manchester City
Arsenal 3 – 1 Sunderland
Manchester United 0 – 0 West Ham United
Southampton 1 – 1 Aston Villa
Swansea City 0 – 3 Leicester City
Watford 2 – 0 Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea 0 – 1 AFC Bournemouth
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