Aussies Abroad: Boyle, Degenek look to maintain perfect records in Scotland & Serbia
Martin Boyle’s Hibernian will be aiming to register a fourth straight win in the Scottish Premiership while Milos Degenek’s FK Crvena Zvezda will also be going in search of a fourth consecutive victory in their top of the table clash in the Serbian SuperLiga.
In the Scottish Premiership, Martin Boyle put in a full shift for Hibernian as they secured their third consecutive league victory on Wednesday morning – getting up 1-0 against Dundee United.
Boyle will be back on the pitch on this weekend when his side welcome Motherwell to Easter Road at 2:30am on Sunday.
In the Serbian SuperLiga, Milos Degenek’s FK Crvena Zvezda will go head to head against FK Spartak Subotica at 3am on Saturday.
This will be a top of the table battle with both sides holding a perfect record after the first three rounds.
Degenek’s side occupy top spot thanks to their superior goal difference and are the only side yet to concede a goal this season.
All three Korean-based Socceroos will be involved in the K League on Saturday night.
Brandon O’Neill’s Pohang Steelers have a meeting with Ulsan Hyundai at 8pm while Terry Antonis and Adam Taggart’s Suwon Bluewings will kick off against Jeonbuk FC at the same time.
Another milestone will be achieved in Korean football this weekend with more fans permitted to attend the matches.
From Friday August 14, K League clubs will be allowed to open 25% of their respective stadium’s capacity to supporters as part of the government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
O’Neill’s Steelers will have a difficult task on their hand as they look to get a result against the league leaders who have suffered just one defeat this season.
Ulsan dished out Pohang’s heaviest defeat this season when they last met in early June with the first placed outfit registering a 4-0 triumph.
Antonis and Taggart also face an almighty proposition as they take on 2nd placed Jeonbuk.
Suwon are in a battle of their own at the other end of the table - they occupy 11th place in the 12 team competition.
A late Jeonbuk goal separated the two sides in their first match-up back in the opening round.
Danny Vukovic will be in between the sticks for Genk when they host Oud-Heverlee in the Belgian Pro League at 12:30am on Sunday.
The Socceroos shot stopper made his long-awaited return to competitive football last time out as his won 2-1 against Zulte Waregem in their first match of the season.
Their upcoming opponents began their campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Eupen on Tuesday morning.
Heading to the J League and Mitch Langerak will be lining up in goals for Nagoya Grampus on Saturday night when they travel to FC Tokyo at 8pm.
Nagoya are two places and two points better off than the men from the capital – sitting in 4th place with 17 points.
It is also worth noting that they have a game in hand over their hosts.
Thomas Deng’s Urawa Red Diamonds will also be taking to the pitch on Saturday as they prepare to entertain Sanfrecce Hiroshima at 8pm.
This fixture has all the indicators to be an electrifying battle with both sides evenly matched on the league table.
The Red Diamonds sit in 7th on the league table with 14 points while Hiroshima are one place and one point below them, however they do have a game in hand over Deng’s side.
Tom Rogic’s Celtic have had their next two league games postponed due to a COVID-19 breach after one of his teammates failed to quarantine upon his return from Spain.