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John Brooks: Wolfsburg vs. Koln, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Wolfsburg squeaked by third-tier Hallescher in the DfB-Pokal last weekend with Brooks starting in the center of their defense. After playing 29 games last year for the sixth-place side, the 26-year-old looks set to again be a key figure in the middle of the Wolves’ back line this year.
Josh Sargent and Zack Steffen: Werder Bremen vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Sargent and Steffen both started for their sides in DfB-Pokal wins last weekend, and it stands to reason that both will have a chance to do so again. It seems a little less likely that Sargent will be given a nod in the XI after he mostly struggled in Bremen’s 6-1 win over sixth-tier Atlas Delmenhorst, but he should at least be in the matchday squad. Steffen, meanwhile, looks set to be Dusseldorf’s No. 1 for at least the beginning portion of the season with his main competition for the job, last year’s starter Michael Rensing, expected to be out injured for the foreseeable future due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason.
New Royal Blues manager David Wagner deployed McKennie as a second-half substitute in Schalke’s season-opening Cup win, but after the young midfielder helped his side turn a 1-0 lead into a 5-0 demolition, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see him starting on Saturday in a tough game at Borussia-Park.
Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig at Union Berlin, Sunday, 9 AM
Adams is back in training from the adductor injury that plagued him all summer, but he isn’t likely to start (though he may be ready for a place on the bench) as last year’s third-place finishers line up against newly promoted Union Berlin on the opening day of the Bundesliga campaign.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at Norwich, Saturday, 7 AM
Yedlin is almost certainly out for this weekend’s match at newly promoted Norwich and at least a few more after it due to a groin injury, which he seemed to be on the verge of returning from before suffering a setback last week. Both sides will be after their first points of the season at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea vs. Leicester, Sunday, 8:30 AM
After a stellar midweek showing in the UEFA Supercup (in which he recorded a neat assist, had a very good goal ruled out for a marginal offside, and garnered praise from new manager Frank Lampard), Pulisic could well be in line for his first Premier League start for Chelsea as they host a quality Leicester side looking to break into the top six this season.
Timothy Weah: Lille at Amiens, Saturday, 11 AM
Weah started Lille’s Ligue 1 opener against Nantes, but he
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas at Sivasspor, Saturday, 11:45 AM
Boyd was a starter for Besiktas through most of their preseason, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make his competitive debut for the Istanbul-based side as a starter on Saturday. Besiktas finished in third place in last year’s Super Lig, while Sivasspor placed 12th.
Sergino Dest: Ajax vs. VVV Venlo, Saturday, 8:30 AM
Dest didn’t play in Ajax’s midweek Champions League win over PAOK, so despite still being on the fringes of the first team, there’s a chance he could get his first league start this weekend. Ajax have four points in two games so far this season.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge vs. Eupen, Friday, 11:30 AM
With Simon Mignolet in goal, Brugge conceded three and barely made it out of their Champions League qualification tie with Dynamo Kyiv. That doesn’t mean that Horvath is going to get a look at the goal anytime soon, however, as Mignolet was certainly purchased to be the out-and-out No. 1. Horvath should be watching Friday’s tie from the bench.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland vs. OB, Friday, 11:00 AM
Due to injury, Amon has yet to appear for Nordsjaelland in the Super League this year, and it’s unlikely that he will make his debut this week.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg vs. VFL Bochum, Friday 9:30 AM
Wood has yet to see action this season for Hamburg, and given their bright start — with four points from two games in the league and a first-round win in the DfB-Pokal — there’s little reason for change. He may be on the bench, but the striker will probably only see late minutes if extra attacking power is needed.
Sebastian Soto: Hannover vs. Wehen Wiesbaden, Saturday, 4:00 AM
Having played a total of four minutes in three competitive matches, it’s unlikely Soto gets into the starting XI for Hannover’s match this week. However, with just two goals in those three matches, it might be time for a mild shakeup at forward, which would play into the 19-year-old’s hands.
Tim Ream: Fulham vs. Huddersfield, Friday, 11:45 AM
Duane Holmes: Derby County vs. Stoke City, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Derby have two wins and a draw (including a League Cup triumph) to start the season, though Holmes hasn’t played a part in any of that due to injury, which indicates he probably won’t be part of the XI this week. There is a small chance that he could return, though, as Derby visit Stoke with a chance to continue their bright start.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan Athletic vs. Leeds United, Saturday, 7:00 AM
There’s little reason to think Robinson won’t be at his usual left back position for Wigan this weekend, having logged 180 league minutes there and having sat out a midweek EFL Cup loss to Stoke. Wigan have three points to their name so far.
Matt Miazga and Andrija Novakovich: Reading vs. Cardiff, Sunday, 4:00 AM
Miazga has played all 180 Championship minutes this year, and it hasn’t been pretty with a pair of losses and tied for a league-high five goals conceded. Still, Miazga wasn’t loaned in to sit on the bench, so chances are he will be back in the heart of the defense against Cardiff. Novakovich on the other hand has seen just five minutes of work for the senior team but scored a hat trick for the reserve side last week, which is a good sign for a senior outfit in need of an offensive boost.