20th September 2019

The start to this season has been positive to say the least for Colossal’s crop of talents as our players will be vying for more success this weekend.

The talk surrounding the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City continues to mount after another twist in the title tale last week involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling.

Elsewhere, Augsburg are attempting to get some winning momentum going, as Reece Oxford starts to make his presence known for the German outfit.

All of our client’s upcoming challenges will be discussed in this latest preview:

Game of the Week: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Opposition: Chelsea (A)
Time: Sunday, 4:30pm
Venue: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League

Alex has firmly established himself as a regular at Liverpool since returning from a major knee injury that kept him out for almost all of last season.

The 26-year-old started in last Saturday’s 3-1 comeback victory against Newcastle United where Alex was influential as the Reds maintained their 100% league win record.

Liverpool will be confident of extending this sublime streak on Sunday, having beaten Chelsea in the Super Cup final in August – a match Alex also featured in.

Albert Rusnak

Opposition: New England Revolution (A)
Time: Sunday, 12:30am
Venue: Gillette Stadium

Albert will be called upon once again for Real Salt Lake as the visitors face New England Revolution with vital points on the line in the chase for an MLS play-off berth.

The former Manchester City talent heads into the contest in fine form, having scored a consolation strike in the 3-1 loss away to Minnesota United last Sunday.

After netting his 10th goal in the American top-flight this campaign, Albert will be desperate to add to his tally in the hope of taking his team a step closer of securing a post-season spot.

Cody Drameh & Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Opposition: Reading U23s (H)
Time: Friday, 7pm
Venue: Craven Cottage

After an agonising 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United in Fulham’s previous game, the young cottagers are hoping to make amends as they host Reading on Friday night.

Despite Fulham sitting 11th in the Premier League 2 Division 2 table, both Martell and Cody have cemented their places in the Development Squad side.

The Colossal youngsters must continue to impress at U23 level and a convincing win against Reading would certainly gain attention from Fulham’s first-team coaches, in particular manager Scott Parker.

David Sesay

Opposition: Northampton Town (A)
Time: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Sixfields Stadium

In recent weeks, Crawley Town have made significant progress after a difficult start to the season, with the Red Devils leaping from 18th up to 7th in the League Two ladder.

The same can be said for David, who has established himself as Crawley’s regular right-back, offering both attacking and defensive qualities.

Having turned 21 on Wednesday, three points and a clean sheet at inform Northampton would be a fantastic belated gift for David.

Kasey Palmer

Opposition: Swansea City (H)
Time: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Ashton Gate

Kasey has struck all of the key notes so far this season with the attacking midfielder being crucial to Bristol City’s position in the Championship in fourth – two points behind leaders Leeds.

The former Chelsea youngster has earnt plenty of praise from the club’s fans with manager Lee Johnson being a particular admirer of Kasey’s recent performances.

Kasey will likely play another decisive role for his team with second-place Swansea travelling across the Severn Bridge for Saturday’s contest.

Marvin Johnson

Opposition: Cardiff City (A)
Time: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

Marvin found his goalscoring touch after netting the winner in the 1-0 home victory over Reading at the Riverside Stadium last Saturday.

The Middlesbrough winger is now hoping to make an impact once again, facing a Cardiff City side a place below Boro, with both clubs level on nine points in the Championship.

A win could see Jonathan Woodgate’s team shift into the top-half of the table and having gained the trust of his manager, Marvin has a great chance of starting.

Raheem Sterling

Opposition: Watford (H)
Time: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Etihad Stadium

In a repeat of May’s FA Cup final, where Raheem scored a brace in the 6-0 demolition of Watford, Man City face the Hornets on Saturday with plenty at stake for the hosts.

Having struck the woodwork in the 3-2 defeat away to Norwich City last Sunday, Raheem’s spirited display came to no avail as Pep Guardiola’s side fell five points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Raheem and his quadruple winning team won’t be short of motivation against Watford in the quest to return to their all-conquering form demonstrated in the last three seasons.

Liverpool will be confident of extending this sublime streak on Sunday, having beaten Chelsea in the Super Cup final in August – a match Alex also featured in.

Reece Oxford

Opposition: SC Freiburg (A)
Time: Saturday, 2:30pm
Venue: Schwarzwald-Stadion

After helping Augsburg across the line in the 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt, Reece is in contention to start this weekend on the travels to an inform Freiburg side.

The 20-year-old’s endurance will be key against high-flying Freiburg, who are currently third in the Bundesliga, as Reece always provides extra energy for his side’s compact midfield.

Victory for Martin Schmidt’s men could be the start to turning around a tricky beginning to the season as Augsburg look for a way inside the top half of the table.