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Iwobi, Ndidi, Aribo set for action as EPL returns after World Cup break

THE Premier League will be back in full swing today with several Super Eagles stars in line to feature for their clubs.

The league went on an unusual mid-season break in order to accommodate the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which started on November 20 and ended last Sunday, with Argentina beating France in the final.

Among the clubs in today’s Boxing Day action are Brentford, Everton, Leicester City and Southampton, all of whom have Nigeria internationals in their squads.

Brentford kick off the busy day at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the early kick-off.

Super Eagles midfielder Frank Onyeka started four of Brentford’s last six Premier League fixtures before the break and he will hope to be fully involved today against Antonio Conte’s side.

The Nigeria international has played 12 of Brentford’s 15 Premier League games so far this term, starting four.

Brentford are in relative mid-table safety in 10th spot, while Spurs are fourth.

Everton, Leicester City and Southampton are all also at home in today’s afternoon kick-offs.

Alex Iwobi will hope to continue his solid form for Everton as they host fellow strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Nigeria midfielder has been one of the few shining lights of Frank Lampard’s side, starting all of their 15 Premier League fixtures this season, with one goal and five assists.

Iwobi will be keen to be involved in a victory for the first time since October 22 when Everton defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 before losing two and drawing one of their last three matches.

Everton are just one point and one spot above the relegation zone, while Wolves are bottom.

Leicester City, with Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, welcome the rising Newcastle United to the King Power Stadium.

Ndidi is working his way back to full fitness after injury problems while Iheanacho has been mostly an option off the bench for Brendan Rodgers for the 13th-placed Foxes, who are up against Eddie Howe’s high-flying Magpies in third.

Southampton, in relegation trouble one place off the bottom, welcome seventh-placed Brighton with Joe Aribo hoping to get a look-in from new manager Nathan Jones.

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