Aussies Abroad: Seventh clean sheet for Maty Ryan, Aussie flavoured Edinburgh derby this weekend
It was a successful set of mid-week action for Aussies Abroad, with more exciting matches looking ahead to this weekend before the International break.
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Matthew Ryan (cap #555) proved pivotal in AZ Alkmaar’s tight 1-0 victory over Legia Warszawa in the Europa Conference League on Friday morning. The goalkeeper was forced into several top stops in a seventh clean sheet in all competitions for the Eredivisie challengers.
The Socceroos captain should start in goal again on Sunday in a massive clash in the Eredivisie at 11:30 pm (AEDT) against Dutch giants Ajax.
Riley McGree (cap #609) played 87 minutes in Middlesborough’s 2-0 win over Cardiff on Wednesday morning in the championship, while Sam Silvera (cap #634) and Tom Glover remained unused substitutes. Middlesbrough travel to Sunderland on Saturday at 10:30 pm (AEDT), eager to make it five wins on the bounce.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Socceroos returnee Massimo Luongo (cap #571) played 90 minutes as Ipswich Town kept the pressure on at the top with a 3-0 victory over Hull City. Ipswich take on Preston North End at 1:00 am (AEDT) on Sunday, where Cameron Burgess (cap #633) could return for the Blues.
Harry Souttar (cap #606) stayed on the bench for Leicester City’s 3-0 win over Preston North End in the Championship on Thursday morning. He could get some minutes for Leicester when they host his former side Stoke City on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT).
Milos Degenek (cap #585) was an unused substitute in FK Crvena Zvezda’s UEFA Champions League 2-2 draw with Young Boys on Thursday morning. The defender may play when Zvezda go head-to-head with FK Radnicki 1923 on Monday at 12:00 am (AEDT) in the Serbian Super Liga.
Connor Metcalfe (cap #611) looks set to start in the 2. Bundesliga for St. Pauli when they take on 1. FC Nurnberg on Sunday at 5:30 am (AEDT), while Jackson Irvine (cap #568) will continue to build minutes following his return as a substitute last weekend.
Mitchell Duke (cap #559)’s Machida Zelvia look to take another step towards the J. League 2 title on Sunday at 4:00 pm (AEDT) when they host Ventforet Kofu.
Craig Goodwin (cap #562) seeks to keep his goal-a-game record since his return to Al-Wehda when they host Al-Fayha on Sunday at 5:00 am (AEDT) in the Saudi Pro League.
There is another blockbuster weekend for Socceroos in the Scottish Premiership.
Ryan Strain (cap #624) and Keanu Baccus (cap #628) will likely get minutes for St. Mirren in a top-of-the-table fixture against Rangers at 10:00 pm (AEDT).
There could be six Aussies on the park when Hearts do battle with Hibernian on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT).
Martin Boyle (cap #599), James Jeggo (cap #601) and recently-called-up Lewis Miller will likely start for Hibs, while Kye Rowles (cap #622), Cameron Devlin (cap #625) and Olyroo Calem Nieuwenhof should line up for Hearts. However, Nathaniel Atkinson (cap #620) will miss out through injury.
In Scotland’s League One, Dylan McGowan (cap #590) should start for Hamilton Academical against Falkirk, eager to keep the side’s sparkling early-season form going on Sunday at 3:30 am (AEDT).
Jordan Bos (cap #632) could feature for Westerlo in the Belgium Pro League when they host Kortrijk on Sunday at 3:15 am (AEDT).
Jason Davidson (cap #545)’s Eupen travel to face Royal Antwerp on Monday at 1:00 am (AEDT) and Aiden O’Neil (cap #629) will be in contention to start for Standard Liege against Club Brugge, having remained as a substitute in the last three matches on Sunday at 10:30 pm (AEDT).
Awer Mabil (cap #597) will travel with Grasshopper for their match with Yverdon on Sunday at 3:00 am (AEDT) in the Swiss Super League.
Alessandro Circati will be eager to regain his place in the Parma team as they travel to face Venezia at 1:15 am (AEDT) on Sunday.
Garang Kuol (cap #627) will be eager to impress for FC Volendam against FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie at 5:00 am (AEDT) on Saturday.
Denis Genreau (cap #610) had a purposeful impact off the bench in the 77th minute of Toulouse’s 1-0 win against LASK in the Europa League, creating a big chance that would have sealed the result late on. The midfielder should be in action again against Brest on Monday at 12:00 am (AEDT) in Ligue 1.
Wednesday morning in the EFL League One, Alexander Robertson (cap #630) played a solid 90 minutes as his Portsmouth edged past Wycombe Wanderers 2-1. Robertson was calle dinto the most recent Socceroos squad as a train on and will target further plaudits against Port Vale on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT).
Kenneth Dougall (cap #608) scored a consolation as Blackpool went down 3-1 to Derby.
Ashley Maynard-Brewer returned in between the sticks for Charlton Athletic in their 4-1 win over Exeter City. The goalkeeper will hope to make it back-to-back starts on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT) when Charlton host Dougall’s Blackpool. Callum Elder (cap #614) will miss Derby County's clash with Cheltenham, following surgery.
In the AFC Cup, Jason Cummings (cap #626) continued his excellent start to life in India, scoring a brace for Mohun Bagan Super Giant, including a stoppage-time winner as they downed Maziya 2-1. Dimitri Petratos (cap #593) played an hour for Mohun as well, and the two almost combined to recreate an iconic penalty, but Petratos couldn’t get on the end of Cummings’ laid-off spot kick.
They may be involved again on Sunday morning at 1:30 am (AEDT) when Mohun travel to Chennaiyin in the Indian Super League.
Harrison Delbridge (cap #623) starred in defence for Incheon United as they thrashed Kaya FC 4-0 in the AFC Asian Champions League on Tuesday night. Delbridge will look to build on that quality showing against Ulsan Hyundai on Sunday at 5:00 pm (AEDT) in K-League 1.
Over in the USA Brad Smith (cap #575) was subbed on in the 85th minute of Houston’s 1-1 draw with Montreal, helping the side salvage a point in Major League Soccer on Thursday. Smith could be involved on Sunday against Colorado at 11:30 am (AEDT).
Two Aussies played in the EFL League One on Wednesday morning.
Cameron Peupion played most of the second half of Cheltenham’s 2-0 loss to Fleetwood Town on Wednesday morning in the EFL League One. Cheltenham are at home again on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT) when they face Derby.
Nicholas Bilokapic’s Peterborough United were denied victory with a stoppage-time equaliser from Carlisle to share the points on Wednesday morning in the EFL League One. Peterborough welcome Lincoln on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT).
Elsewhere in the competition, Caleb Watts will hope to earn further minutes for Exeter City when they play Barnsley on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT).
Tyrese Francois will target his first minutes of the English Premier League season when Fulham host Sheffield United at 1:00 am (AEDT) on Sunday.
Nectarios Triantis may get on the field for Sunderland against Middlesborough on Saturday at 10:30 pm (AEDT) after being an unused substitute int he Black Cats 2-0 win over Watford midweek.
Calem Nieuwenhof is likely be involved for Hearts in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT).
Joshua Rawlins could be in action for Jong FC Utrecht against Helmond Sport on Saturday at 5:00 am (AEDT).
Patrick Yazbek, called into the Socceroos squad as a train on, is suspended for Viking Fotballklubb, following an accumulation of yellow cards.
Subway Young Socceroos/U18
Adrian Segecic’s FC Dordrecht host Cambuur on Saturday at 5:00 am (AEDT).
Keegan Jelacic came on in the 70th minute of Stabaek’s 5-2 win over HamKam in Norway’s Eliteserien on Thursday morning. Jelacic could be involved on Monday morning at 2:00 am (AEDT) when Lillestrom visit.
Shane Lowry played all of Johor Darul Ta-zim’s 4-2 victory against BG Pathum United despite conceding a penalty.
Jack Iredale put in a sensational showing for Bolton Wanderers in their 3-2 win against Stevenage in the EFL League One on Wednesday morning, picking up a goal and assist from defence. Iredale will likely start again on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT) when Bolton host Carlisle.
Dean Bouzanis started in goal for Sutton United’s 2-0 defeat to Salford City in the EFL League Two on Wednesday morning. United host Walsall on Sunday at 1:00 am (AEDT), eager to push away from the foot of the table.
Liam Chipperfield will hope to earn a start for FC Sion when they host Wil on Saturday at 5:15 am (AEDT) in the Swiss Challenge League.
Cristian Volpato should be on the bench for Sassuolo in Serie A as they take on Lecce on Saturday at 5:45 am (AEDT).
John Iredale will hope to return to the starting lineup for Wehen Wiesbaden in Germany’s 2. Bundesliga against Hamburger SV on Saturday at 10:00 pm (AEDT).
Anthony Kalik could play for Hajduk Split as they travel to Rijeka, eager to stay top of Croatia’s 1. Division on Sunday at 3:30 am (AEDT).
Tete Yengi will play his final home game of the regular Finnish Veikkausliiga season, taking Honka on Monday at 12:00 am (AEDT).
Harrison Sawyer will be eager to put in another solid showing on Monday at 12:00 am (AEDT) when VPS host HJK in the same competition.
Mohamed Toure's Paris FC are at home to Auxerre on Sunday at 4:00 am (AEDT). The former Adelaide United striker will join the Socceroos in camp next week as a train on.
Stefan Mauk’s Fagiano Okayama travel to Thespakusats on Sunday night at 9:00 pm (AEDT).
Alexander Grant played a full game for Pohang Steelers as the K League 1 title-chasers defeated Wuhan Three Towns 3-1 in the AFC Asian Champions League. Grant could be in action again on Sunday at 5:00 pm (AEDT) when the Steelers travel to bottom side Suwon Bluewings.
Aaron Calver plays his last home game of the year before the K League 1 play-offs when Gwangju hosts Gangwon on Sunday at 5:00 pm (AEDT).
Patrick Flottman could play for Seongam in their home match against Chungnam Asan in the K League 2 on Saturday at 6:00 pm (AEDT).
Panagiotis Armenakas’ Phoenix Rising look to end a run of three straight draws when they host New Mexico United in the USL Championship on Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Ryan Edwards played from the 80th minute of SD Amorebieta's 1-0 loss to Racing de Ferrol and could feature again on Sunday at 11:00 pm (AEDT) against Eibar in Spain’s second division.
Zachary Duncan could be involved when they travel to Danish Superligaen league leaders FC Kobernhavn on Monday at 5:00 am (AEDT).
Tass Mourdoukoutas should play York United’s final regular game of the Canadian Premier League season, looking to hang on to a play-off spot against Vancouver FC on Saturday at 1:30 pm (AEDT).
Lachlan Jackson will look to play a part in Suwon FC’s final game of the regular K League 1 season against Daegu FC on Sunday at 5:00 pm (AEDT) ahead of the relegation play-offs.