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John Brooks and Tyler Adams: Wolfsburg vs. RB Leipzig, Saturday, 6:30 AM
A few weeks ago, it would have been likely that both Brooks and Adams would miss out on this match, but now, there’s a chance both could actually play. Brooks has made five consecutive starts after being dropped previously for almost a month, and Wolfsburg have four wins and a draw in that time, so he’s almost certain to take up his spot along the back line. Less certain is Adams’ status, but both his manager and
Weston McKennie: Schalke vs. Hoffenheim, Saturday, 6:30 AM
McKennie has been starting as often as he’s healthy for Schalke, but the Royal Blues are in the middle of a stumble at the moment, having gone winless in six and falling into sixth place. He’ll likely be counted on this weekend in an important home match against another struggling side in Hoffenheim, winless in four. Schalke are desperate to get back on track and hold onto their European place, and this match gives them an opportunity they absolutely must take.
Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen at Hertha Berlin, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Struggling for minutes and form, Sargent needs to take advantage of every chance he gets in the coming weeks. That includes a huge opportunity for a desperately out-of-form Bremen side, which has a huge relegation six-pointer in the capital. Werder have lost five in a row in league play and aren’t scoring goals, so manager Florian Kohfeldt may be inclined to make a switch to his XI and give Sargent his first start since January. Whether he does so or not, this is a massively important game for Bremen’s survival hopes as they try to get back to safety.
Timothy Chandler: Eintracht Frankfurt at Bayer Leverkusen, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Following his red-hot start to 2020, Chandler has cooled off over the past four games. Still, he’s become a key cog in Eintracht’s side again, working his way back into the squad after his lengthy injury layoff, and he’ll likely take up his role again on Frankfurt’s right wing for a big game at Leverkusen. Frankfurt are well off the pace of the European places, and any late charge towards Europe will need to start very soon.
Gio Reyna: Borussia Dortmund at Borussia Monchengladbach, Saturday, 9:30 AM
There’s little reason to expect anything other than yet another substitute appearance for Reyna, who has become a top option off the bench for Lucien Favre. The 17-year-old has made seven league substitute appearances, and while he hasn’t yet earned a start, he continues to impress as he sees more time on the pitch. He’ll hope to make an impact again in what is a massive contest between third-place Dortmund and a fourth-place Gladbach side that sits two points behind the Black and Yellows.
Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales: Fortuna Dusseldorf at Mainz, Sunday, 10:00 AM:
Steffen likely won’t return for this weekend’s relegation battle with Mainz, an utterly critical race for Fortuna’s survival hopes. Morales should be in the 18-man squad at the very least, having started five and subbed on in two of Dusseldorf’s seven February matches. Sixteenth-place Fortuna are four points behind this weekend’s opponents, meaning they could end the weekend either one or seven points back.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at Southampton, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Yedlin has fallen out of favor in recent weeks, and after playing no role in the midweek’s FA Cup win over West Brom, it would be something of a surprise to see him in the squad on Saturday. Newcastle are five points above the bottom three and two behind Southampton, so they’ll be eager to get all three points from their long trip from the northeast to the south coast.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea vs. Everton, Sunday, 7:00 AM
On Thursday, Pulisic reported himself as “super close” to returning and could well be in the lineup this weekend for the Blues against Everton. He will certainly be needed down the stretch as the fourth-place side tries to hold onto a Champions League spot for next season, attempt to overturn a 3-0 deficit to Bayern Munich in that very competition, and compete in the latter stages of the FA Cup.
Indiana Vassilev: Aston Villa at Leicester City, Monday, 1:00 PM
Vassilev has been absent from the Villa side for some time, so returning against one of the league’s top teams seems unlikely. It has been made pretty clear that despite a breakthrough January in terms of minutes, the 19-year-old isn’t quite ready for the big stage consistently. He will most likely watch from the stands this week.
Timothy Weah: Lille vs. Lyon, Sunday, 1:00 PM
Weah is out for the season with a hamstring injury. Lille sit in fourth, a point out of France’s final UCL spot.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Ankaragucu, Friday, 9:00 AM
After not sniffing much Super Lig action in the fall of 2019, Boyd has been much more consistent in the Besiktas league lineup in 2020 as the side has dropped out of other competitions. The winger has subbed on twice and started once in Besiktas’ three most recent matches. There’s a good chance he will work his way onto the field one way or another for the fifth-place Turkish outfit.
Sergino Dest: Ajax at Heerenveen, Saturday, 11:45 AM
Ajax are in free fall, but it hasn’t hurt Dest’s minutes as the right back has started and gone a full 90 minutes in 10 straight matches, sometimes multiple times per week. Ajax need to right the ship after being bounced from the Europa League and KNVB Cup in the last two weeks while also losing to second-place AZ Alkmaar last weekend. Now, their only focus is on the league, where they are top over that very Alkmaar side only on goal differential. Mid-table Heerenveen is a great chance to get back on track, but another stumble could see a once-promising season fully slip out of their hands.
Tim Ream: Fulham at Bristol City, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Fulham are hot and Ream –– who has been a key member of the side all season –– will be at his normal center back spot this weekend barring an unforeseen anomaly. The Cottagers held two clean sheets last week and sit in third place, only five points out of an automatic promotion spot and six points off the league leaders. They face a tough matchup, visiting seventh place Bristol City, who are in the midst of fighting their own promotion battle at the moment. It will be all hands on deck this weekend.
Matt Miazga: Reading at Birmingham, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Miazga returned from injury last weekend and logged 180 minutes between a league win and an FA Cup loss to Sheffield United. His healthy status indicates he should be back in the heart of the defense for Reading against Brimingham this weekend. Reading are seven points clear of the relegation zone, but some padding wouldn’t hurt, especially knowing a win would boost them past Birmingham, who sit two points in front of the Royals.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan vs. Luton Town, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Robinson hasn’t played since January 28, and with nothing new coming out about the standout left back this week, it’s unlikely he will feature against Luton this weekend. It’s a massive relegation six-pointer with Wigan –- who are one of the Championship’s hottest sides, with three straight wins and no losses in their last five –– looking to exploit the dead-last side.
Duane Holmes: Derby County vs. Blackburn, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Holmes remains out after suffering an injury a few