Aussies Abroad preview: Brighton attempt to break a peculiar Premier League hoodoo

Premier League action resumes for Brighton and Hove Albion stars Aaron Mooy and Mathew Ryan this Sunday morning with Sheffield United the next challenge for our Socceroos.

And as the two Seagulls land at Bramall Lane for Sunday's 2am AEDT kick off, there is a curious drought Brighton must break in order to win three points.

Brighton have never won an away Premier League game against a newly promoted side, one of two three teams to fail to do so along with Cardiff and Swindon Town.

Graham Potter's men have won just one of their previous nine league matches against Sheffield United but will be desperate to set things right in what is another crucial contest in the club's fight to avoid relegation. 

Brighton, who drew 1-1 with 19th placed Watford last time out, are three points away from 18th-placed West Ham United ahead of the weekend's action. 

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In the Championship, newly-appointed Hull City captain Jackson Irvine and his Tigers team will try to harness the elation of last Saturday's thrilling 4-4 draw with Swansea City, as they travel to Preston. 

Tom Eaves struck a 95th minute equaliser for Irvine's Hull side, currently 17th in the table. 
Socceroo Kenny Dougall was also involved in a momentous occasion last time out as his rock-bottom Barnsley side shocked promotion favourites Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage. Next up for Barnsley is Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday and Massimo Luongo tackle Birmingham City. 

Down in League One, Harry Souttar's Fleetwood Town entertain Portsmouth, while Sunderland and Bailey Wright welcome Bristol Rovers to the Stadium of Light. 

All games in England commence at 2am. 

Massimo Luongo
All games in England for your Socceroos kick off at 2.00am AEDT. Will you be staying up?

Europa League football was back on the menu for Tom Rogic (Celtic) and Aziz Behich (Istanbul Başakşehir) on Friday morning. They'll both have to back up, and relatively quickly - Celtic play Kilmarnock on Monday, 2am, and Behich faces Rizespor, Tuesday, 4am.

Fresh from netting his sixth goal of the Danish Superliga season, Awer Mabil's Midtjylland visit Hobro at 5am on Saturday with a seven point lead at the summit.

On Tuesday, Mustafa Amini and AGF take on Horsens at 5am. AGF are third ahead of the weekend's fixtures. 

Over in Germany, Brandon Borrello's Freiburg host Fortuna Dusseldorf as Mathew Leckie and Hertha Berlin welcome Koln. Both those ones get underway at 1.30am on Sunday. 

In the Eredivisie, Adjin Hrustic's FC Groningen play VVV-Venlo at 6.45am on Sunday, while earlier, Trent Sainsbury's Maccabi Haifa are on the road in Israel against Ashdod, 2.30am, and Martin Boyle's Hibernian face Livingston in the Scottish Premiership, 2.00am.

The 2020 J-League Season begins this weekend and Socceroos goalkeeper Mitch Langerak's Nagoya Grampus are away at Vegalta Sendai on Saturday at 4pm. 

And finally, on home soil, Josh Risdon (Western United) and Mitch Duke (Western Sydney Wanderers) are in action against Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United.

Both those Hyundai A-League fixtures get underway on Friday evening, 5.15pm and 7.30pm respectively. Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) faces Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, 6pm.

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