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Gio Reyna and Timothy Chandler: Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Friday, 11:30 AM
Reyna can’t really ask for more at the moment than his role as a super sub, with the 17-year-old logging a full half last week, his longest appearance yet. Injuries to Marco Reus and Julian Brandt have given the youngster a bit of an opening, and manager Lucien Favre will also have to think ahead to the Black and Yellows’ midweek Champions League match with PSG. If there is a chance for Reyna to actually start a match, this is about as good as it gets. Chandler will surely be starting for Frankfurt, as the right winger has reinvented himself as a goalscorer, with four already in 2020. He’ll hope to keep the run going under the lights Friday.
Josh Sargent and Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig vs. Werder Bremen, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Neither Sargent nor Werder have been in good form in their last three, with Sargent not really contributing much to the offense in a start and two sub appearances and Werder, in turn, having scored just one goal. All three of those games resulted in losses, and Werder have slipped into the relegation zone. Even if Sargent plays this weekend, he’s likely going to be low on chances. Leipzig, are looking to bounce back after falling out of form, but Adams won’t be part of that effort for the coming weeks as the
John Brooks: Wolfsburg at Hoffenheim, Saturday, 6:30 AM
It’s no secret that Brooks has fallen out of Oliver Glasner’s scope recently, and with just one start in the second half –– in a 3-1 loss to Koln –– it’s not likely the center back will be involved this weekend. Wolfsburg’s defense hasn’t been the same since Brooks’ last appearance, with five goals allowed in three matches, but Glasner seems content to keep trotting a back four out that doesn’t contain the American.
Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales (and Fabian Johnson) : Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, Saturday, 9:30 AM:
Morales has started two-thirds of Fortuna’s Bundesliga matches this season, including the last five straight in all competitions. He will almost surely be in the lineup against Gladbach this weekend, but Steffen will not. The keeper has flown back to Manchester so his parent club, Man City, can take a look at his injured knee. Every game is a big one at the moment for Fortuna, who sit 16th, in the relegation playoff spot.
Weston McKennie: Schalke at Mainz, Sunday, 9:00 AM
Both McKennie and Schalke have been on again, off again this season, with the midfielder playing a fair share but often coming on from the bench and battling through small injuries throughout. In their five second-half games in all competitions, McKennie has started two, subbed on in two, and for one. Schalke’s league form has been equally inconsistent; in their four Bundesliga contests this side of the break, Schalke have one win, one loss, and two draws. In short, McKennie will probably play some role in this week’s contest against Mainz, but that may be in the form of a substitute appearance.
Indiana Vassilev: Aston Villa vs. Tottenham, Sunday, 6:00 AM
After not making the team for Villa’s two most recent matches, it’s hard to think that Vassilev will play any role as Villa host Tottenham this weekend. Vassilev was a solid sub in his run of matches in January but seems to, reasonably, be settling back into a role with the reserves. You never know when the 18-year-old might pop up, though.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle vs. Arsenal, Sunday, 8:30 AM
Yedlin has started the last three for Newcastle, but he’s been so-so in all those contests, and two of them were FA Cup matches against League One Oxford United, who Newcastle needed an extra-time replay to defeat. Yedlin has been criticized lately, too, most notably for poor crossing, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him dropped from the side. It’s a big match this week against Arsenal, but Newcastle are right on par with the once top-tier side, as both teams sit on 31 points headed into the weekend. Steve Bruce’s side can move into the top 10 with a win.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea vs. Manchester United, Monday, 12 PM
Pulisic is back in training as he tries to recover from the adductor injury that’s kept him out since New Year’s Day. There is some hope that he may be ready to take a place on the bench come Monday’s visit from Manchester United, but it’s very unlikely that Frank Lampard would consider throwing the 21-year-old back into the starting XI. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him in the 18, though, for this critical match in Chelsea’s quest for a top-four finish.
Timothy Weah: Lille vs. Marseille, Sunday, 12:00 PM
Likewise, Weah also may well be on track to return this weekend as fourth-place Lille host second-place Marseille in a huge Ligue 1 battle. The winger has been out since August but has returned to training, and it seemed like he was almost ready to return last week but was held out. The 19-year-old is looking to finally get on track following his summer move to Lille.
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas at Istanbul Basaksehir, Friday, 9:00 AM
It’s a massive clash in Turkey between two of the recent top-four contenders, and Besiktas will come in confident after two wins in a row. Boyd has mostly been a sub for the Turkish club, though he started three games ago and has played in two of the last three. He has yet to record a goal or assist in league play, and until he starts taking advantage of the minutes he gets, it’s hard to see Boyd getting an extended look.
Sergino Dest: Ajax vs. RKC Waalwijk, Sunday, 5:30 AM
Dest has been excellent when given starts this season, and he’s over 1,000 league minutes for the campaign now in what has been a breakout season. He’s still not starting every game, with Noussair Mazraoui getting the nod on plenty of occasions, but Dest is nonetheless earning consistent playing time, and he should be in the plans to feature in either this weekend’s game against bottom-side RKC or the midweek Europa League matchup with Getafe. The one thing that could change that is a possible move to Bayern Munich that’s gained some traction this week, but the 19-year-old should continue to get minutes if he keeps playing well.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan at Cardiff, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Robinson hasn’t returned to the Wigan squad since his proposed move to AC Milan fell through just before the transfer deadline. It’s a little curious that the left back, who had started every game prior, hasn’t returned quicker; there’s a chance he’s either nursing a small, unannounced injury or is just getting a longer breather in the middle of the grueling Championship campaign. Regardless, with the Latics languishing in the relegation zone, Robinson isn’t likely to stay on the bench for long, and he very well could be back for the trip to Wales on Saturday.
Duane Holmes: Derby County vs. Huddersfield, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Since the arrival of Wayne Rooney, Holmes has been on an absolute tear. The midfielder has been teaming up with Rooney in the center of the park and has found the best form of his career, notching three goals and two assists in his last seven games while controlling the play for Derby. Considering how integral he’s become, it would be somewhat shocking if he is left out of the starting XI for a very winnable home game against Huddersfield.
Matt Miazga: Reading at Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday, 7:00 AM
After injuring his ankle on January 25, Miazga likely won’t be available until March. Reading’s league winless run is up to seven, but they are still nine points clear of the bottom three.
Tim Ream: Fulham vs. Barnsley, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Fulham are unbeaten in six, and Ream has been a vital part of a Cottagers defense that’s fourth-best in the Championship with 33 goals conceded in 32 games. He should be in the squad again as they look to stay hot against bottom side Barnsley. Fulham sit third in the table, joint-level with second-place Leeds for an automatic promotion place.