18th October 2019

In what was another successful international break for Colossal’s talents, club football is back with plenty of action coming up for our stars.

Albert Rusnak will be relishing the opportunity to feature for Real Salt Lake on American soccer’s biggest stage – the MLS play-offs. Meanwhile in Germany, Reece Oxford and his Augsburg side will be awaiting the arrival of Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich at home.

Here is a full rundown of what will be an exciting weekend ahead for our clients:

Game of the Week: Albert Rusnak

Opposition: Portland Timbers (H)
Time: Sunday, 3am
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
TV: Sky Sports Football

It’s been an intense last few weeks for Albert for both club and country featuring in Real Salt Lake’s push to the MLS play-offs and Slovakia’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

The winger’s recent appearance in his nation’s 1-1 draw with Wales came last Thursday and having completed the full 90 minutes of the encounter, Albert will be feeling fresh for the visit of the Portland Timbers in the first knockout round of the play-offs.

After hitting double figures in goals for the season, the 25-year-old will be crucial in Salt Lake’s ambitions of lifting their first MLS Cup in 10 years.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Opposition: Manchester United (A)
Time: Sunday, 4:30pm
Venue: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Main Event

Alex will be hopeful of featuring in Liverpool’s clash away to Manchester United as the Reds aim to maintain their perfect 100% winning streak of eight games into the Premier League season.

Despite missing out on a call-up to the recent England squad, Alex’s two-week break may provide a boost to his chances of playing in Sunday’s match.

Alex’s potential return to match action will give manager Jurgen Klopp a positive selection dilemma against an opposition desperately struggling for form.

Cody Drameh & Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Opposition: Aston Villa (A)
Time: Monday, 7pm
Venue: Villa Park

Having inflicted Everton U23s to their first defeat of the season before the international break, Fulham U23s come into the clash against Aston Villa in high spirits.

Both Cody and Martell started in 2-1 victory against the young Toffees as the teenagers have cemented regular spots in the club’s Development Squad team.

With the opportunity to play at one of English football’s most prestigious stadiums on Monday night, Cody and Martell have a great chance to demonstrate their talent.

David Sesay

Opposition: Bradford City (A)
Time: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Northern Commercials Stadium

After serving a one-match suspension in Crawley Town’s 2-1 home win against Colchester United last weekend, David will likely find himself back in action on Saturday.

Prior to the ban, David had appeared in all of Crawley Town’s league matches as the 21-year-old has been a prominent figure for the League Two side so far this season.

David’s possible return to Gabrielle Cioffi’s team will be much-welcomed with the Red Devils just two points outside the play-off zone.

Kasey Palmer

Opposition: Luton Town (A)
Time: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Kenilworth Road

Kasey has played an integral role for the Championship’s high-flyers in Bristol City since his permanent move from Chelsea in the summer.

The 22-year-old has been a fan favourite at the Robins this season. When Lee Johnson’s side dictate the tempo in matches, its largely down to Kasey’s attributes with and without the ball.

Away to newly-promoted Luton Town, Kasey and his teammates will be ready for the chance to compete right at the top of the table, being two points behind leaders West Brom.

Marvin Johnson

Opposition: West Brom (H)
Time: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Riverside Stadium

Whilst Middlesbrough have been struggling this season down at 20th in the Championship table, Marvin has been a recent shining light for the Teeside club.

Although the 28-year-old made a brief appearance in coming on for the final 10 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Birmingham, Marvin has been a regular for Jonathan Woodgate’s side.

Against top of the table West Brom, Marvin will be vital in Middlesbrough picking up a result in attempts to escape from the relegation mix.

Raheem Sterling

Opposition: Crystal Palace (A)
Time: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
TV: Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Main Event

After a brilliant brace away to Bulgaria on Monday, Raheem continues to be setting new heights for the Three Lions and Manchester City each and every week.

Already this season, Raheem has scored 13 goals across domestic and international competitions in becoming one of the most prolific forwards in the world.

With Man City eight points behind leaders Liverpool, Raheem will be fundamental in his team’s chances of cutting that deficit starting this Saturday at Crystal Palace.

Reece Oxford

Opposition: Bayern Munich (H)
Time: Saturday, 2:30pm
Venue: WWK Arena

Despite Augsburg’s tough start to the season, Reece has been making an impression on manager Martin Schmidt in the club’s recent matches.

Reece came on in the second half of the 5-1 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Fuggerstädter’s last match before completing the full 90 minutes against Bayer Leverkusen a week prior.

Saturday’s fixture against defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich presents a fantastic opportunity for Reece to face the very best of European football.