Aussies Abroad Preview: Mooy, Ryan aim to end Brighton's winless run, Rogic in Old Firm derby

Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan will seek to sign off 2019 on a high as Brighton host Bournemouth, while the Old Firm rivals collide as Tom Rogic’s Celtic face Rangers.

Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion are aiming to end a run of back-to-back defeats and a four-match winless skid when they host the Cherries at AMEX Stadium at 11.30pm AEDT on Saturday, 28 December.

Losses against Sheffield United, 1-0, and Tottenham Hotspur, 2-1, has seen the Seagulls slip to 15th in the Premier League table, having not won since their shock 2-1 triumph at Arsenal three weeks ago.

Meanwhile, It’s first versus second in Scotland as Glasgow rivals face off at 11.30pm AEDT on Sunday, 29 December.

Rogic’s Hoops have been leading the race for their ninth straight Scottish Premier League title all season, with Steven Gerrard’s ‘Gers in hot pursuit.

A victory for Neil Lennon’s side at Celtic Park would open up a gap that would be difficult for Rangers to claw back, while an away win would blow the title race wide open. 

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Also in the Scottish Premier League, fifth-placed Hibernian and a Martin Boyle in red-hot form travel to seventh-placed Livingston at 2am AEDT on Monday, 30 December.

The Caltex Socceroos attacker netted a double in Hibs’ 2-0 win against Edinburgh Derby rivals Hearts last time out, making it five goals in 10 appearances this season.

Irvine and Luongo search for Championship redemption

Jackson Irvine and Massimo Luongo seek to bounce back from Boxing Day defeats as their side’s go again in the Championship three days later. 

Irvine’s Hull City fell 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in midweek and head to west London to play Queens Park Rangers in a mid-table battle on Monday, 30 December at 2am AEDT. 

At the same time further north, Luongo and fourth-placed Sheffield Wednesday come off the back off a 3-2 loss to Stoke City to host Cardiff City at Hillsborough.

Adam Federici’s Stoke City go to fifth-placed Fulham, Bailey Wright and Bristol City entertain struggling Luton Town and Kenny Dougall’s Barnsley face playoff contenders Swansea City in South Wales, all at 2am AEDT on Monday, 30 December.

In a high stakes League One clash, Harry Souttar and seventh-placed Fleetwood Town face off against Bristol Rovers, who are one place and one point higher in the table.

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Titler race is on for Sainsbury and Behich 

Trent Sainsbury and Maccabi Haifa are three-points behind Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Israeli Premier League following a 3-0 win against city rivals Hapoel in midweek.

Sainsbury’s side play away against ninth-placed Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona at 2.30am AEDT on Sunday, 29 December.

Aziz Behich and Istanbul Başakşehir sit second in the Turkish Süper Lig, four points behind Sivasspor, and welcome 14th-placed Kasimpaşa at 1.30am AEDT on Sunday, 29 December.

It’s six versus seven in the Saudi Professional League, as Craig Goodwin’s Al-Wehda challenge Al-Faisaly at 2.50am AEDT on Saturday, 28 December.

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Maclaren versus Redmayne in Hyundai A-League

Jamie Maclaren will be looking to beat his Caltex Socceroos teammate Andrew Redmayne as Melbourne City play away at Sydney FC in a top-of-the-table clash in the Hyundai A-League.

Rhyan Grant will also feature for the league-leading Sky Blues against second-placed City, who hold a six-point advantage in the ladder heading into the clash at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Josh Risdon’s third-placed Western United will look to take advantage of whichever team slips up when head coach Mark Rudan goes up against his former club Wellington Phoenix at 5pm AEDT on Saturday, 30 December.

Mitchell Duke and Western Sydney Wanderers are looking to arrest a six-match winless run when they face Adelaide United on Friday night, at 7.30pm AEDT.

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