Africans to watch in the Champions League this week

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Which of Africa's stars could be set to steal the show in the midweek Champions League fixtures?

Vincent Aboubakar has bounced back from his underwhelming summer at the Confederations Cup in some style, scoring nine in 11 so far in the Portuguese top flight.

He also has three in three in the Champions League, and could be FC Porto's premier hope as they look to win away at group leaders and surprise package Besiktas, who are currently four points clear at the top of Group G.

Porto certainly need their Cameroon frontman at his best, as they're facing something of a striking crisis ahead of Tuesday's showdown, with Moussa Marega and Soares both injured, Aboubakar travels to Istanbul as the team's only recognised striker.

Mohamed Salah: How could we look beyond Salah for this list?

The Egypt international is in sensational form at the moment, and broke Robbie Fowler's record for goals at the start of his Liverpool career when he netted twice against Southampton at the weekend.

As well as his fine form in the Premier League, where he has nine goals in 12 outings, he's also scored four in four in the Champions League, and has been the Reds' key man as they've taken 10 points from four Group E outings.

It will be fascinating to see how Sevilla - and specifically left-back Sergio Escudero - can cage the Egyptian wideman, and with Sadio Mane unlikely to be risked as he recovers from his latest injury setback, expect Salah to take a leading role once again.

Kara Mbodji's star is firmly on the rise.

The defender's qualities are no secret to observers of the African game or regular followers of the Jupiler League, but recent rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool suggest that his talents are finally being appreciated elsewhere.

On Wednesday, however, the Senegal international's credentials will truly be tested when Anderlecht host Bayern Munich in their Group B clash.

The visit of Robert Lewandowski, who scored twice against Augsburg at the weekend to take his Bundesliga tally to 13 in 12 this season, will represent one of the sternest challenges of the West African's career.

The Belgian giants are bottom of the pile having lost every game, but they could still clinch a spot in the Europa League.

Thomas Partey has been in fine form in recent weeks, enjoying greater responsibility within the Ghana national side and more prominence at Atletico Madrid.

He wasn't at his best, perhaps, as the Rojiblancos were held 0-0 in the Madrid derby at the weekend, but will return to the heart of the park alongside AS Roma in UCL action on Wednesday.

While primarily, Partey will be called upon to win the midfield battle against Daniele De Rossi, Atleti could do with another big contribution from the Black Star in the final third.

Heading into their final fixture, Diego Simeone's side have just three points, and both Roma (eight) and Chelsea (seven) cannot be allowed to pull away further.

Yaya Toure: Last season, it took until November for Toure to earn the faith of Pep Guardiola, with the midfielder making a two-goal contribution against Crystal Palace in the Premier League before playing a key role for Manchester City thereafter.

If the Ivorian powerhouse is going to enjoy a similar renaissance this term, he needs to make his big impact sooner rather than later.

Expect Guardiola to ring the changes at home against Feyenoord on Tuesday, with the Sky Blues already qualified from Group F.

Could Toure get a rare opportunity to impress the boss when the Dutch champions come to the Etihad Stadium?