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Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig vs. Mainz, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Not seeing Adams on the bench for their midweek DfB-Pokal match was another disappointment for USMNT and Leipzig fans after rumors that he may be ready to make his return from injury. However, Adams spoke this week about the long process he has gone through to get back healthy, and it still appears that he’s not quite ready. Frankly, it would be a surprise to see him on the 18-man roster this weekend.
John Brooks: Wolfsburg at Borussia Dortmund, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Brooks watched from the bench in the midweek as his side were hammered 6-1 by RB Leipzig in the Pokal. That margin would indicate the Wolves need help at the back, and as he was part of a three-man backline last weekend that kept a clean sheet, all indication is that Brooks will be in the starting lineup for Saturday’s massive clash with Dortmund.
Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen vs. Freiburg, Saturday, 7:30 AM
After tallying an assist in a midweek cup win, Sargent has bagged three apples and a goal in his last five matches. Production is king in football, especially for a forward, and despite Werder still looking to get healthy, it’s going to be tough to replace Sargent in the lineup given what he has done over the last month. He should again be in the team this week against Freiburg as Werder, who have drawn four straight matches, try to rack up three points at home against the surprise third-place side.
Zack Steffen: Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Koln, Sunday, 6:30 AM
Steffen, meanwhile, was given a break from his keeping duties in the Cup this week, but it’s still a near guarantee that the 24-year-old will be in the Fortuna net this weekend. There’s not really much that needs to be said about the situation, other than that Steffen has been one of the most positively influential players for Dusseldorf this season. The 14th-place side has four losses in its last five and desperately needs the shot-stopper to maintain his electric run.
McKennie went 72 minutes in a midweek DfB-Pokal win, but being subbed out could be an indication that manager David Wagner was saving the midfielder’s legs for the weekend. McKennie has been right on the fringe of the squad lately, either starting or subbing on in the latter stages of most recent contests. As such, there’s a good chance he factors into Sunday’s match one way or another.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at West Ham, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Yedlin is starting to get a consistent run in the side, and after another solid defensive outing last week, there’s no reason to think he won’t be Newcastle’s starting right back against West Ham on Saturday morning. Newcastle were already eliminated from the League Cup, meaning Yedlin and the rest of his side’s legs are fresh. Regardless, the Magpies really need to perk up, as they sit just a point above the relegation zone.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea at Watford, Saturday, 10:30 AM
Pulisic made his third straight Chelsea appearance in the Carabao Cup this week, logging 70 minutes in a loss to Manchester United. Despite the hot streak coming out of last week, his involvement in the midweek indicates he may be on the bench at struggling Watford. Pulisic has shown the ability to make a difference early or late in the contest, so Frank Lampard easily could call his name this weekend whether he starts in the squad or on the bench.
Timothy Weah: Lille at Marseille, Saturday, 9:30 AM
After missing last weekend’s match with Bordeaux, it’s likely Weah won’t be in the roster this week either. The winger has been back in training, so there is a small chance he could make the 18-man cut, but a start is almost out of the question for the important clash with an always-stout Marseille side. Weah must be chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch, and he appears to not be too far away.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas at Antalyaspor, Saturday, 10:00 AM
Boyd’s only match action in the month of October was in a Europa League clash, so it looks for now like he is out of the Besiktas side, which has been disappointingly average in the league. He did not play a role in their most recent match, a critical win over rival Galatasaray, so it’s likely he won't play a role this weekend.
Sergino Dest: Ajax at PEC Zwolle, Friday, 12:00 PM
Fresh off his announcement that he’ll play for the United States moving forward, Dest will look to continue his terrific start to the season and in particular the current run he’s on. The fullback has made five consecutive starts, a stretch which includes four wins, three clean sheets, two goals conceded, and three assists. Zwolle are in 13th and have lost four of five, so league-leading Ajax are heavy favorites to stay unbeaten in Eredivisie play.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge vs. Kortrijk, Saturday, 12:30 PM
Horvath figures to be on the bench once more for Brugge as they host Kortrijk on Saturday. Simon Mignolet has been a big piece of Brugge’s unbeaten start to the campaign, so there’s no reason to expect a change any time soon barring injury.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland vs. AGF, Sunday, 5:00 AM
Amon is out with a muscle injury. The 20-year-old doesn’t seem likely to feature any time soon for Nordsjaelland, so we’ll be taking him off this list next week.
Sebastian Soto: Hannover vs. Sandhausen, Friday, 10:30 AM
Soto hasn’t played much for Hannover this season, but they’re struggling in 14th and in need of a spark. That doesn’t mean Soto will be brought back into the team, as his contract is expiring after the season and reportedly been in the midst of a stalemate with the club, but it certainly improves his chances.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg at Wehen Wiesbaden, Sunday, 4:30 AM
Hamburg sit atop the 2. Bundesliga and lead the goalscoring charts by six as a team, so it seems like a safe bet that Wood will take up his usual spot on the bench this weekend when they visit bottom side Wehen. The striker has just 23 minutes under his belt this year, spread across three substitute appearances.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan vs. Swansea, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Robinson was named in the whoscored.com Championship Team of the Month for October this week, and seeing as how he’s started every league match for Wigan thus far, he’ll likely stick in the XI this weekend at home against Swansea. The left back will need to maintain his form Saturday with a fourth-place Swansea side that’s had a strong start (but a shaky couple of weeks with just one win in four matches) coming to visit the DW Stadium.
With two straight starts under his belt, Holmes seems to be a part of the Derby best XI, but he hasn’t been playing all that well of late and will need to improve his output in order to stick in the squad, especially with the usually ambitious Rams languishing in 16th in the table. Middlesbrough are actually faring worse as they are in 22nd, but they have a relatively solid defense for being so low in the table (17 goals conceded in 14 matches), so the pressure will be on Holmes to unlock the Boro backline.
Tim Ream: Fulham vs. Hull City, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Ream has been in the Fulham XI for every Championship game but the opener, and it’s highly likely that will continue Saturday. The Cottagers have stumbled of late with just one win in four, while their opponents Hull have won consecutive fixtures and have a dangerous attacking corps that could pose Ream and his defensive colleagues real problems this weekend.
Matt Miazga: Reading vs. Millwall, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Miazga has come up big for Reading so far this year, as the Royals have been substantially better defensively when he’s been available. They still sit in 21st, though, and this weekend’s match against a Millwall side that’s improved since a managerial change will be important. Assuming he’s healthy, Miazga should be in the lineup as the Royals go in search of three huge home points.