26th September 2019

Colossal’s stars are in the midst of a congested period of the season with an array of match action contested throughout the week.

The pressure couldn’t be greater for Albert Rusnak who faces a huge challenge on his shoulders in guiding his Real Salt Lake teammates to a play-off berth in the MLS. Closer to home, David Sesay will be jubilant heading into Crawley Town’s clash with Walsall after the League Two side knocked out Championship  outfit Stoke City on Tuesday.

Here’s a look at the upcoming matches our players will be featuring in:

Game of the Week: Albert Rusnak

Opposition: Houston Dynamo (H)

Time: Monday, 12:30am

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium

Albert’s regular season finale is swiftly approaching with a place in the MLS play-offs at stake for the winger and his Real Salt Lake team.

The 2-1 defeat to LA Galaxy on Wednesday leaves Albert’s side fifth in the Western conference – three points ahead of the post-season cut.

With just two games remaining, a win for Salt Lake against Houston Dynamo would be a monumental step towards the play-offs with Albert’s skill and experience to be called on.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Opposition: Sheffield United (A)

Time: Saturday, 12:30pm

Venue: Bramall Lane

TV: BT Sport 1

Alex has played an understated role in Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League season with the Champions League holders yet to drop points in the top-flight.

Despite not featuring in the 2-1 win at Chelsea, Alex has evidently added to the squad depth Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal, having played 82 minutes in the 2-0 win against MK Dons on Wednesday.

After continuing to get more game time under his belt since returning from injury last season, the versatile midfielder will likely feature away to Sheffield United on Saturday.

Cody Drameh & Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Opposition: Middlesbrough (H)

Time: Friday, 12pm

Venue: Motspur Park

Cody and Martell will still be feeling the effects of what was an enthralling encounter against Reading last week, with our youngsters featuring in the 5-4 victory over Reading.

Fulham’s U23 duo were the Craven Cottage entertainers last week as Martell’s hat-trick sparked the striker’s first goals for the club whilst Cody showed his attacking flair with two assists.

Facing fourth-place Middlesbrough in Premier League 2 Divison 2, Martell and Cody will be vital in Fulham’s progression further up the table – currently sitting in ninth spot.

David Sesay

Opposition: Walsall (H)

Time: Saturday, 3pm

Venue: The People’s Pension Stadium

David’s season at Crawley Town continues to soar after scoring in the penalty shootout success against Stoke City in the third-round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The right-back has been a sensation for Gabriele Cioffi’s side, with David cementing his place as a regular in the team currently eighth in League Two – a point outside the play-offs.

The 21-year-old will be uplifted by the fact Saturday’s visitors Walsall have struck the fewest goals in the fourth-tier – netting just five times in their opening 10 games.

Kasey Palmer

Opposition: Preston (A)

Time: Saturday, 3pm

Venue: Deepdale

Kasey will be targeting another start for Bristol City in the visit to fellow Championship high-flyers in Preston North End.

The 22-year-old was partially rested in the goalless draw against second-placed Swansea last week at Ashton Gate – appearing for the final 35 minutes.

Kasey has been very much in manager Lee Johnson’s plans, playing in all of the first-team’s Championship matches this season and his influence could once again be the difference on Saturday.

Marvin Johnson

Opposition: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

Time: Saturday, 3pm

Venue: Riverside Stadium

Marvin will be desperate to return to winning ways with Middlesbrough as the Teeside club are lurking in 15th spot in the Championship.

Marvin scored the only goal in Boro’s last victory against Reading a fortnight ago and the 26-year-old will be crucial in his team bouncing back after the defeat to Cardiff last week.

The former Sheffield United forward will be encouraged facing old rivals in Sheffield Wednesday with three valuable points on the line.

Raheem Sterling

Opposition: Everton (A)

Time: Saturday, 5:30pm

Venue: Goodison Park

TV: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League

Raheem was the centrepiece in Manchester City’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Preston on Tuesday having both scored and assisted in the victory at Deepdale.

After being rested in the 8-0 thrashing of Watford in the quadruple winner’s previous Premier League fixture, Raheem will be eager to start against Everton at Goodison Park.

The 24-year-old is currently fifth in the top-flight top scorer charts with five goals. In order to close the gap to leaders Liverpool, Raheem’s goalscoring nous will be vital for City.

Reece Oxford

Opposition: Bayer Leverkusen (H)

Time: Saturday, 2:30pm

Venue: WWK Arena

Augsburg’s 1-1 draw away to SC Freiburg last Saturday presented Reece with a full second-half appearance in the Bundesliga.

Reece will be hoping to gain further trust from manager Martin Schmidt as the Englishman could receive a starting call-up for the encounter against Champions League outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

With Leverkusen possessing plenty of attacking flair, Reece’s position in defensive midfield will be crucial in Augsburg containing their upcoming opponents.