Aussies Abroad: McGree's Middlesbrough begin play-offs

The big matches continue for our Aussies Abroad as Riley McGree's Middlesbrough kick off their two-legged Championship play-off semi-final while Harry Souttar's Leicester continue their relegation battle. 

Check out our wrap of all the recent overseas action and preview what is to come! 

Subway Socceroos

Starting in the Europa Conference League semi-finals, where Maty Ryan was a goal as AZ Alkmaar lost 2-1 against West Ham in the first leg of their tie at the London Stadium on Friday.

Despite being one of the smaller clubs in the Dutch Eredivisie, AZ have reached their first European semi-final since 2005.

Ryan is likely to be in action again when AZ Alkmaar return to Eredivisie action against FC Emmem on Monday at 4am (AEST). Alkmaar are fourth, two points behind Ajax in third. 

In the English Premier League, where Harry Souttar was an unused substitute on Tuesday as Leicester City lost 5-2 to Fulham in their bid to avoid relegation. 

Leicester, who had taken five points from their last three matches, are 17th in the standings on 30 points -- three behind 16th-placed Nottingham Forest and two back of 17th-placed Everton, who both won their games on Tuesday.

And it does not get any easier for Leicester as they face Liverpool on Tuesday at 5am (AEST).

In the English Championship, Riley McGree returned to Middlesbrough's starting lineup as he ended the regular season with a 90-minute performance against Coventry in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday. 

After finishing fourth, Boro now prepare for the play-offs semi-finals where they face Coventry again over two legs. McGree is in line to start the first leg on Sunday at 9pm (AEST). 

Elsewhere in the Championship, Tom Rogic was an unused substitute in West Brom's last game of the season as they lost to Swansea 3-2 on Tuesday. The Baggies finished the campaign in ninth position. 

In the US Open Cup Round of 32, Alex Gersbach played the first half and registered an assist in Colorado Rapids 4-2 win over Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday.

He is likely to feature again when Colorado return to MLS action against Philidelphia on Sunday at 11:30am (AEST). 

Elsewhere in the US Open Cup Round of 32, Brad Smith also started and played 65 minutes for Houston Dynamo in a 1-0 win against Sporting KC on Thursday.

He could feature again on Sunday as the Dynamo face Seattle Sounders on Sunday at 10:30am (AEST) in MLS action.

In the K1 League, Harrison Delbridge played a full game for Incheon United on Wednesday in a 2-0 loss to Jeju.

He is likely to start again on Sunday at 5:30pm (AEST) when they face Jeonbuk.

In the Israeli Premier League play-offs, Nikita Rukavytsya was an unused substitute for Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday as they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv FC 3-1 on Tuesday. 

He could be in action when they face Maccabi Netanya FC on Tuesday at 3:30am (AEST).

After wrapping up the league title in last weekend's win over Hearts, Celtic now switch their attention to going for a record points total of 107, which they will achieve if they win their remaining matches, and also winning the treble, which they will secure if they beat Inverness in the Scottish Cup final.

But first Aaron Mooy's side must face Rangers on Saturday at 9:30pm (AEST) as Teddy Bears look to win their first Glasgow Derby of the season. Rangers have lost all four matches against Celtic so far this campaign but  Michael Beale’s side will get one last chance to get the better of Celtic when they welcome them to Ibrox this weekend.

Elsewhere in Scotland, Cameron DevlinKye Rowles, Nathaniel Atkinson and Garang Kuol's Heart of Midlothian face Keanu Baccus and Ryan Strain's St Mirren on Sunday at 12am (AEST).

James Jeggo and Subway Olyroo Lewis Miller's Hibernian face Aberdeen on Sunday at 12am (AEST) as Hibs push for a European place. 

At the other end of the Scottish Premiership post-split fixtures, Aziz Behich's Dundee United will be in action against Ross County on Sunday at 12am (AEST) while Ryan McGowan's St Johnstone face Motherwell at the same time in the battle to avoid relegation. 

In Germany, Jackson Irvine and Connor Metcalfe will be looking for another positive result when St Pauli face Fortuna Düsseldorf on Sunday at 4:30am (AEST). 

With only three games remaining, St Pauli and Düsseldorf are equal on points in fourth and fifth position as both sides push for third place and a promotion play-off position. The teams are four points behind third. 

The top two teams secure an automatic promotion to the Bundesliga while the third-placed team faces the third-bottom team from the top tier in a play-off to determine the final spot in the following season's Bundesliga.

In France, Denis Genreau's Toulouse FC face Nantes on Sunday at 11pm (AEST) as they look to finish the Ligue 1 season strongly. 

In Czechia, Awer Mabil could be in action again on Sunday when Sparta Prague face Slavia Praha on Sunday 2am (AEST) in the Czech First League championship rounds. 

In Serie B, Fran Karacic could feature when Brescia Calcio face Pisa on Saturday at 10pm (AEST) as they look to avoid relegation. Brescia are currently 17th in the league with two games remaining.

In Serie B, the bottom three teams in the league table are relegated to Serie C. The team that finishes in 20th place (last place) is automatically relegated to Serie C, while the teams that finish in 18th and 19th place participate in a two-legged playoff against the third and fourth-placed teams from Serie C to determine which teams will play in Serie B the following season. 

In Norway, Nick D'Agostino is a chance to feature alongside Gianni Stensness and Subway Olyroo Patrick Yazbek when Viking FK face Sandefjord on Sunday at 1am (AEST). 


In the MLS, Milos Degenek is likely to feature again when Columbus Crew return to MLS action against Orlando City on Sunday at 9:30am (AEST). He was not involved in their 5-3 US Open Cup win over Loudon United on Thursday.

Over to Asia, where Thomas Deng could be in action when Albirex Niigata face Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday at 2:30pm (AEST). 

After three losses in a row, Albirex bounced back with a draw last weekend but they will be hoping for three points against second-placed F. Marinos. 

Elsewhere in the J1League, Mitch Langerak is likely to start again when Nagoya Grampus face Kashima Antlers on Sunday at 2:30pm (AEST). 

In the J2 League, Mitch Duke is in line to start again on Saturday when Machida Zelvia face Tokyo Verdy at 4pm (AEST). 

In the Iranian Pro League, Ruon Tongyik could feature for Mes Kerman against Malavan on Saturday at 12:30am (AEST). 

Olyroos and Subway Young Socceroos

Starting in the Eerste Divisie, where Dylan Ryan came off the bench in the 81st minute for FC Den Bosch while Josh Rawlins was an unused substitute for Jong FC Utrecht in a 0-0 draw on Tuesday.

Rawlins could feature for Jong FC Utrecht on Saturday at 4am (AEST) when they face Willem II while Ryan's Den Bosch host Almere at the same time.

After wrapping up a successful U21 season and with an appearance on the bench in the Premier League squad last weekend, Cameron Peupion could appear again when Brighton face Arsenal on Monday at 1:30am (AEST). 

In the German Regionalliga West, Jacob Italiano is likely to feature for Borussia Mönchengladbach II against Schalke II on Saturday at 10pm (AEST).

Elsewhere in the league,  Alou Kuol could be involved with VfB Stuttgart II when they face SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball on Sunday at 10pm (AEST). 

In the German 3. Liga, John Iredale could feature again when SV Wehen Wiesbaden face Verl on Saturday at 10pm (AEST).  

More Aussies in Action

  • In France's Lique 1, Mohamed Toure could feature again for Stade Reims after debuting last weekend when they face Lens on Saturday at 5am (AEST). 
  • In Italy's Serie A, Cristian Volpato could feature for AS Roma when they face Bologna on Monday at 2am (AEST). 
  • In the  Danish 1st Division play-off, Cyrus Dehmie could appear for Næstved against Vendsyssel FF on Sunday at 9pm (AEST).
  • In the J2 League, Stefan Mauk could be in action when Fagiano Okayama face Omiya Ardija on Saturday at 2pm (AEST).
  • In the K1 League, Alex Grant could be in action when Pohang Steelers face Daejeon Hana on Saturday at 3pm (AEST). Grant played a full game and scored on Tuesday in a 1-1 draw with Daegu.
  • Elsewhere in the K1 League, Lachlan Jackson could be in action for Suwon FC against Jeju on Sunday at 8pm (AEST). He played a full game on Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to Daejeon Hana.
  • Aaron Calver's Gangwon also face Suwon Bluewings FC on Saturday at 8pm (AEST) in the K1 League. 
  • Elsewhere in the K2 League, Patrick Flottmann could feature for Seongnam FC when they face Gyeongnam on Sunday at 2:30pm (AEST).