Nine Super Eagles feature in WWW.SUPEREAGLESRELEGATION.COM as their English sides face imminent Premier League relegation
Super Eagles stars in (from the left), Wilfred Ndidi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Paul Onuachu and Alex Iwobi face relegation with various Premier League clubs
The 2022/2023 Premier League is at its concluding half but the epitaph of the current relegation battle in English Premiership football could be choreographed, packaged, and then flagged under the befitting banner-www.supereaglesrelegation.com. Now, do you have to go there to read that up you may ask? No, you may not. It is all here; and we bring it to you in this feature news. Enjoy.
By Rasheed Adewuyi
The OPTA Super Computer analysis has condemned as many as a combination of nine possible Super Eagles players to end up playing in the immediate lower cadre of English football in the 2023/2024 season.
The endangered Nigerian players comprise seven current Super Eagles stars and two likely future Nigeria callups.
All in all, seven top Super Eagles regular invitees, with another two possible future callups, are currently languishing at the relegation end of the English Premier League with their club sides.
The periled nine must now dig digger for that inner resolve that they would need to avoid the dreaded drop into the abyss that is English Championship football next term.
They are Leicester City pair of Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, Nottingham Forest’s duo of Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis, and the Southampton’s twosome-Joe Aribo and Wilfred Ndidi, with Everton FC’s Alex Iwobi making up the number.
The involved Nigeria internationals are presently fated for EPL relegation dog fight spiraling around their clubs and careers as they stare down the dark and lonely stretch of the unwanted relegation lane that surely leads no where, other than straight to the less glamorous English Championship League.
They’re Joe Aribo (Southampton), Paul Onuachu (Southampton), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Emmanuel Dennis and Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest).
Bournemouth’s forward Dominic Solanke and Southampton midfielder Nathan Tella are players whose sides are also involved in the current Premiership relegation dogfight. They are of Nigerian heritage and can still be called up by the African footballing giants.
As the battle for survival in the Premier League rages on with its twists and turns amidst uncertainty for the fate of certain teams and players, it is becoming very feasible that the trio of Tella, Aribo and Paul Onuachu’s Southampton are the most endangered of the Super Eagles species.
Their team-Southampton-are the number one relegation favorites according to the current odds released by OPTA Super Computer analysis.
According to the Super Computer, Southampton are almost neck deep in the mire of the current EPL relegation survival battle to the point that it is almost inevitable that the side will be relegated to the Championship this summer.
Everton’s Alex Iwobi and Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi are battling relegation with their EPL clubs
OPTA odds show that Southampton now has a 1/6 chance of going down to play championship football next season.
Deninis and Awoniyi’s Northingham Forest are next in line for the drop to the next lower tier of English football, OPTA also says.
A six- game run without a win for Stephen Cooper’s side is just enough to shove them on standby with a 2/5 odds to escape relegation.
This qualifies them for the ignominy of being the second Premier Leaguers with Super Eagles stars tipped to go down by OPTA.
Iwobi and his Everton side may still fancy their chance of ultimately surviving relegation when all is said and done, but according to OPTA Super Computer analysis, their odds of doing so has only drastically decreased from 6/4 to 7/4 after their 2-0 defeat by Manchester United last weekend.
The Toffees currently occupy the 17th position on the current league table with 27 points from 30 matches, just two points above the relegation zone and with 8 matches to play.
Also, Everton manager, Sean Dyche has a big job on his hands as the Toffees are now forced to beat the Likes of Manchester City, Brighton FC, Newcastle FC, and fellow struggles Leicester City should they hope to maintain their Premier League status this summer.
Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi must fight very hard with his teammates to remain in the Premier League with Leicester City
Ndidi and Iheanacho’s Leicester city is 4th on the OPTA rankings to go down, with an 8/4 odd to lose their Premier league rank at the end of this season.
The Foxes have struggled this term from lengthy injury layoffs to important players. They have only managed to salvage a single point from the available 21 on offer in as much as 7 games. Leicester will need a mighty tall ladder to be able to climb out from the dreaded abyss of Premiership relegation zone where they currently find themselves, according to OPTA analysts.
The OPTA computer model estimates the probability of each match outcome, considers the strength of opponents by using the match outcome before posting the odds.
Solanke’s Bournemouth occupy the 15th spot on the table with 30 points from 30 games, just three points above the relegation zone. They are also good for the drop and they know it.
With as many as 6 to 7 of its stars facing relegation, Super Eagles must now dig in dipper to find the inner depth required to qualify and do well at next year’s African Nations Cup and in the yet to commence 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.