Aussies Abroad Preview: FA Cup glamour ties beckon and Socceroos meet in Scotland, Belgium

Three Socceroos will be matching it with some of the world's top club outfits when they take on English Premier League opposition in this weekend's FA Cup Round 3. 

A couple of national team teammates will also take to the pitch in opposing colours when they meet in Scottish Premiership and Belgian Pro League action. 

Check out all of the matches which may see Socceroos involvement this weekend in the first Aussies Abroad Preview of 2021. 

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Saturday will see Harry Souttar's Stoke City take on Brendan Rodgers' in-form Leicester City who are currently third in the Premier League. 

Kenny Dougall and his Blackpool teammates will also be up for a challenge when they play host to top-flight side West Bromwich Albion. 

Sunday sees Riley McGree's Birmingham City faced with the most formidable fixture of the lot: a date with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. 

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Riley McGree returned to the Birmingham starting eleven last week

Socceroos defender Bailey Wright will also be in cup action on Tuesday when his Sunderland side take on Port Vale in the EFL Trophy third round. 

In Scotland, Monday will see Martin Boyle's Hibernian pitted against Tom Rogic's Celtic. 

Boyle has been a regular starter for Hibs while Rogic has been restricted to substitute appearances for the Hoops as of late. 

The two sides sit in fourth and second place respectively and when they last met in November played out an exciting 2-2 draw. 

Martin Boyle has registered 5 goals and 4 assists for Hibs this season

Belgium may also play host to an all-Australian matchup when Danny Vukovic's Genk visit Trent Sainsbury's Kortrijk. 

Since his return from injury Vukovic has reclaimed the number one jersey at Genk, who sit second in the Belgian Pro League. 

Socceroos defender Sainsbury, who this week celebrated his 29th birthday, has been absent for Kortrijk's last three matches due to injury, although is expected to return to action in early 2021. 

In Germany, Ajdin Hrustic's Eintracht Frankfurt travel to Mainz 05 on Saturday while on Monday Brandon Borrello's Fortuna Düsseldorf face Eintracht Braunschweig on the road. 

Both Socceroos wide-men were unused substitutes during their club's last outings.  

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James Jeggo meanwhile is in the midst of a hectic January with Greek Super League side Aris, who sit second on the competition ladder. 

His next fixture is scheduled for Monday against PAS Giannina. 

In Asia, Mitch Duke's Al-Taawooun host Al-Raed on Saturday, while Brandon O'Neill's return to action with Buriram United has been pushed back as the Thai League 1 announced that all January fixtures will be postponed due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.