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Josh Sargent and Gio Reyna: Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Game after game, Reyna seems to make a difference off the bench for Dortmund. Most recently, that came in the form of an assist on Erling Haland’s winning goal in Tuesday’s Champions League match against PSG. It’s just a matter of time until he gets his first start in a Dortmund shirt, and it’s not unthinkable that it comes Saturday in Bremen, the same place he scored his magnificent first professional goal in the Cup earlier this month. It’s also unclear whether the other precocious American in this game, Sargent -
Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales: Fortuna Dusseldorf at Freiburg, Saturday, 6:30 AM:
Morales has been a key figure for Dusseldorf this season, but the side is struggling, winless in five and sitting in the relegation zone. The midfielder will likely start again in a tough matchup away to Freiburg, who are fighting for a Europa League place. That game is a lot more daunting for Dusseldorf (and their skid particularly notable) given the continued absence of Steffen, who is set to miss his seventh straight match this weekend with a knee injury. Following this weekend’s clash, Dusseldorf have three consecutive relegation six-pointers, so they’ll be desperate to get some momentum heading into that run.
Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams: Schalke vs. RB Leipzig, Saturday, 9:30 AM
The smart money is on McKennie being in the Schalke starting lineup and Adams being out of Leipzig’s when the two meet up in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday. McKennie has been battling a variety of knocks in recent weeks but continues to shake them off and earn a spot in the XI, starting the last three league matches, so there’s every reason to expect him to do so again this week. Adams, meanwhile, missed last weekend’s win over Bremen and the midweek UCL victory at Tottenham with a calf injury; there’s no news as to whether he might return to the matchday squad, but a direct spot in the starting lineup seems doubtful with Leipzig still competing on multiple fronts.
John Brooks: Wolfsburg vs. Mainz, Sunday, 9:00 AM
Brooks has seemingly been out of favor recently, but he started in both last weekend’s league win over Hoffenheim and Thursday’s Europa League victory over Malmo. It’ll be very interesting to see if Oliver Glasner hands him a real show of faith with another start this weekend, as last weekend’s was due to a red card to a fellow defender that opened a spot in the XI. Wolfsburg sit in ninth but remain just five points out of a European place.
Timothy Chandler: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Union Berlin, Monday, 11:30 AM
Chandler didn’t play in Thursday’s UEL win over Salzburg, but he’s starting week in, week out in the Bundesliga, and he figures to be on the pitch from the get-go once again Monday under the lights. Playing in a more advanced role as a winger than he’s used to, the 29-year-old has scored four goals in his past five games, more than he had scored in five previous seasons with Eintracht combined. However, Eintracht are struggling on the campaign, so they
Indiana Vassilev: Aston Villa at Southampton, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Vassilev doesn’t seem too likely to play for Villa this weekend as they visit Southampton, but the 18-year-old forward could well be on the bench. He continues to train with the first team and is right on the fringes of the squad, though he hasn’t quite fought his way in after his initial breakthrough last month. Still, the young forward has a bright future.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at Crystal Palace, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Yedlin was dropped from the side altogether last week and seems to have fallen out of favor with manager Steve Bruce. However, Newcastle went out and were smacked 4-0 by Arsenal, so it’s likely that Bruce will rejigger the squad again this week for a big bottom-third battle with Palace. It’s anybody’s guess if Yedlin will feature or not.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea vs. Tottenham, Saturday, 4:30 AM
Fourth place is on the line in Chelsea’s huge clash with Tottenham this weekend. However, Pulisic likely will not be playing a part, still sidelined due to injury. He could return, but it still doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen this weekend.
Timothy Weah: Lille vs. Toulouse, Saturday, 11:00 AM
Weah returned last week only to injure his hamstring again. He too will miss out this week and most likely will remain on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Trabzonspor, Saturday, 9:00 AM
Boyd featured in just six Turkish Super Lig matches between the start of the season and mid-December but since Besiktas’ elimination from the Europa League at that time, he has appeared in four league matches. Only one of those has been a start, but Boyd is at least getting some looks in the league, which is the only competition Besiktas remain in. It’s been an inconsistent year for both Boyd and Besiktas, with the team sitting in seventh.
Sergino Dest: Ajax at Heracles, Sunday, 7:45 AM
Coming off a poor midweek UEL outing to forget in a 2-0 away defeat to Getafe, Dest and Ajax will look to bounce back away to Heralces, who are in ninth. Dest has become the starter ahead of Noussair Mazraoui in recent weeks, even as rumors linking him with a move to Bayern Munich continue to swirl. The young right back has gone the distance in each of Ajax’s four matches in 2020, and there’s little reason to believe that changes this weekend.
Duane Holmes and Tim Ream: Derby County vs. Fulham, Friday, 11:45 AM
Ream will likely slot into his normal center back role as Fulham visit Derby County on Friday. The 32-year-old is the leading minute-getter for the Cottagers this season, keepers included, and has only missed time due to suspension. Holmes, however, will not feature in the contest, as he has been ruled out for some time after picking up an ankle injury last weekend.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan vs. Millwall, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Robinson again didn’t appear last week and hasn’t been seen in the Wigan lineup since his failed move to AC Milan, with the news coming out that he’s nursing a groin injury picked up in training recently (LINK). He’s set to miss this weekend’s action but could be back as soon as next week for Wigan, who are currently in 22nd.
Matt Miazga: Reading at Leeds, Saturday, 7:00 AM
After injuring his ankle on January 25, Miazga likely won’t be available until March. Reading finally broke their winless streak last weekend, defeating Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. A trip to second-place Leeds is a tough assignment as they look to get on a winning run.