Aussies Abroad: Deng and Langerak go from strength to strength in Japan

Thomas Deng and Mitch Langerak have been in superb form for their respective clubs in the J League while a number of Socceroos will be in action over the coming weekend.

In the J League, Thomas Deng played the full game for Urawa Red Diamonds as they won 3-1 away to Gamba Osaka on Wednesday night.

The three points propels Deng’s side into 4th on the table with 20 points from their 11 league fixtures.

Next up for the Red Diamonds is a home match against Vissel Kobe on Sunday with kick off scheduled for 8pm.

Thomas Deng in action for Urawa
Deng in action for Urawa

Mitch Langerak was in between the sticks for Nagoya Grampus as they secured a last minute winner against Shonan Bellmare on Wednesday night.

Grampus are equal on points with Urawa but sit one place above them on the ladder.

The Socceroos shot stopper will be in action again on Sunday when they host league leaders Kawasaki Frontale at 7pm.

Martin Boyle will be featuring for Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Monday morning when travel to St. Johnstone at 1:30am.

Boyle’s side sit in 2nd spot on the league ladder heading into this clash and are one of only three sides who have yet to face defeat this campaign.

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Hibernian hold a six point advantage over St. Johnstone who occupy 7th position – however they do have a game in hand over the Edinburgh-based outfit.

In the Belgian Pro League, Danny Vukovic’s Genk make the trip to Standard Liege at 9:30pm on Sunday.

Vukovic’s side have recorded a win and a draw from their first two matches while Liege are one of three sides who hold a perfect record.

Over to Serbia and Milos Degenek put in a full shift for FK Crvena Zvezda as they smashed Gibraltarian outfit Europa FC 6-0 in a UEFA Champions League qualifier on Wednesday morning.

They return to league action on Saturday when they go head to head against mid-table side Proleter at 2am.

Over to the Saudi Professional League where Craig Goodwin’s Al-Wehda visit Al Adalh at 1:50am on Friday.

Al-Wehda occupy 5th spot in the 16 team competition however they have not registered a win since the league returned after the COVID-19 break.

This upcoming fixture will be the perfect opportunity for Goodwin’s side as they play the bottom of the table outfit.

The last time these two sides faced off against each other in mid-December it was Al-Wehda who secured all the three points thanks to a 2-0 win which saw Goodwin play a hand in both goals.

In the K League, Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis’ Suwon Bluewings take on Incheon United at 6:30pm on Saturday.

This will be a bottom of the table clash with Suwon sitting in 11th place with 14 points whilst Incheon prop up the table with eight points to their name.

The last time these two sides met in late May it was the Bluewings who came out on top, winning 1-0.

Brandon O’Neill will be in action for Pohang Steelers when they meet Busan I’Park at 8pm on Saturday.

The Steelers sit in 4th spot with 25 points and are nine points better off than their upcoming opponents who are situated in 9th position.

The first meeting between these two sides back in the opening round ended in a 2-0 victory for Pohang.