By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi returned to Chelsea's substitutes' bench as the Blues cruised to a 4-2 win at home to Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Obi who was the star man for the Eagles in last week's international friendlies against Congo and Cameroon has made three appearances for the defending champions so far this season.
At the Ethiad stadium, Kelechi Iheanacho replaced hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling as Manchester City spanked AFC Bournemouth 5-1. The Nigerian youth international replaced Sterling with 12 minutes left to play for what was his third senior appearance for the Citizens who top the Premier League log after nine games.
Iheanacho saw what would have been his second league goal wrongly disallowed. The Nigerian timed his run to perfection and latched on to a through ball from Wilfried Bony to cheekily dink it over the Bournemouth keeper, but the linesman's flag was raised.
Replays showed Iheanacho was onside.
Also in England, Victor Anichebe was benched for the third consecutive West Brom league game in Saturday's 1-0 home win against Sunderland. He has played only one league game so far this term.
At the Selhurst Park, Victor Moses played for 74 minutes in West Ham's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. It was his third start this season since joining on a season loan deal from Chelsea.
The former Crystal Palace star was in sparkling form and set up the first West Ham goal for Carl Jenkinson with a clever, defence-splitting pass.
In the English Championship, Chuba Akpom and Sone Aluko were both second-half substitutes in Hull City's 1-1 draw away at Sheffield Wednesday.
Aluko was a 90th minute substitute for Declan John in Cardiff City's goalless draw away at Preston North End.
In Germany, Anthony Ujah fired blanks for Werder Bremen who lost by a lone goal at home to Bayern Munich.
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