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Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen at Hoffenheim, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Sargent was a late sub last week for Werder, who disappointingly fell to a weaker Fortuna Dusseldorf side. He might not get the start this week, but he’s clearly a viable option off the bench and should continue to see action.
Zack Steffen: Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Bayer Leverkusen, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Part of the reason for that Fortuna win was a couple of classy saves from Steffen, who is staking a strong
Weston McKennie: Schalke vs. Bayern Munich, Saturday, 9:30 AM
McKennie was in the starting lineup for Schalke’s Bundesliga opening-day draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. It’s a good result, but Schalke will need to step their game up with Bayern Munich visiting Gelsenkirchen this weekend. McKennie should find himself on the matchday team sheet.
Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Sunday, 6:30 AM
Don’t expect to see Adams this week as he continues to rehab his injury. The youngster is still a couple weeks out from a season debut with Leipzig, who smashed Union Berlin 4-0 in their opening match and are looking for a repeat performance this week against Eintracht.
John Brooks: Wolfsburg vs. Hertha Berlin, Sunday, 9:00 AM
There’s no reason to think Brooks won’t be in the Wolfsburg XI come Sunday morning. There might be a little extra juice for the defender, too, this week as he faces his old side in Hertha Berlin.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea at Norwich, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Pulisic has looked great in, albeit limited, stretches for Chelsea this year, and he will need to keep on grinding forward as the Blues are desperate for points. With just one in their first two games, Chelsea as a trendy pick to wilt this season has been spot on so far.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at Tottenham, Sunday, 8:30 AM
Timothy Weah: No game
It’s unclear why, but Lille’s matchday three game against Saint-Etienne will not be played until Wednesday.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Goztepe, Friday, 10:30 AM
Fresh off a 3-0 defeat in their season opener, Besiktas host Goztepe, who survived the drop by a single point last year. Boyd started Besiktas’s opener and (despite a relatively poor performance) should be in line to do so again, although the side has strengthened in recent days. The winger will have plenty of competition for minutes this year.
Sergino Dest: No game
Dest entered Ajax’s 0-0 Champions League draw against APOEL in the 62nd minute. The Dutch club is inactive this weekend due to its participation in the UCL playoff round, in which Dest could very well find himself starting next week’s second leg after starting right back Noussair Mazraoui was sent off late in the scoreless first leg.
Ethan Horvath: No game
Like Ajax, Brugge had their weekend match postponed due to their participation in the Champions League playoff round. Horvath watched the first leg from the bench as Brugge defeated LASK 1-0. The second leg is Wednesday.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland at FC Copenhagen, Sunday, 11:00 AM
Amon still has yet to appear for Nordsjaelland in the Super League this year, and it’s unlikely that he will return for his debut this weekend when Nordsjaelland visit league-leading FC Copenhagen.
Sebastian Soto: Hannover vs. Greuther Fuerth, Saturday, 4:00 AM
With one late substitute appearance under his belt so far this season, Soto looks likely to start on the bench again as Hannover host an in-form Fuerth side that’s won consecutive league games.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg at Karlsruher, Sunday, 4:30 AM
Wood remains on the fringes of the Hamburg squad, having been an unused substitute in each of the side’s four games thus far, and he looks set for the same role this weekend as the club looks for its fourth straight win in all competitions.
Duane Holmes: Derby County vs. West Bromwich Albion, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Holmes isn’t going to play Saturday against West Brom, but he’s getting close to returning from injury. The midfielder played 45 minutes for the Rams’ U-23 side on Monday, and he’s expected to get another 60-70 minutes under his belt for the reserves on Friday. If all goes well there, he could be in line for his season senior debut either Tuesday in the EFL Cup at Nottingham Forest or next Saturday in Championship action at Brentford.
Tim Ream: Fulham vs. Nottingham Forest, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Ream went the distance in a 4-0 midweek thrashing of Millwall, and he’ll likely start again at home against Nottingham Forest. Since losing their season opener, the Cottagers have reeled off three straight league wins and have the best goal differential in the Championship at plus-6.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan Athletic at QPR, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Matt Miazga and Andrija Novakovich: Reading at Huddersfield, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Reading has rebounded from losing its first two Championship games with a win and a draw in the last two, and Miazga has played a significant role. He’s likely to earn a fifth straight league start to begin the campaign at Huddersfield. It seems much less likely that Novakovich will play, as he has just five league minutes under his belt and hasn’t made a matchday squad since the opening day.