Aussies Abroad Preview: Jeggo, Mabil, Irvine & Boyle chase important victories

Our Socceroos in Greece, Denmark and Scotland are preparing for some high-stakes matches over the weekend as the first stage of their seasons come to a close! 

James Jeggo’s club Aris will be hoping to cling onto second spot in the Greek Super League.

The final matchday in the Greek Super League before the competition enters its playoff phase takes place this weekend with Jeggo lining up against OFI Crete on Sunday.

Jeggo’s Aris sit in second ahead of the final round and are locked on 48 points with third-placed AEK Athens.

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A win against Crete will guarantee his side a second-placed finish however a defeat or even a draw could see them drop as low as fourth heading into the next phase of the competition.

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There will be a crunch clash in the Championship on Saturday as Souttar’s Stoke City head north to playoff rivals Middlesbrough.

This match shapes as a must-win for either side as they look to break into the top six.

As it stands, Stoke trail Middlesbrough by two points but just sit one place below them in tenth.

Souttar scored his first goal for the Potters last weekend as he looks to inspire the club towards a promotion push.

Mitch Langerak will be between the sticks for Nagoya Grampus on Saturday night when they battle it out against Vissel Kobe in the J League.

Langerak’s side have enjoyed three straight wins to start the season with the Aussie shot stopper having already accrued two clean sheets to his name.

In the Scottish Premiership, Martin Boyle and Jackson Irvine will be gearing up for Hibernian when they visit Ross County on Saturday.

A point or more will secure a third place finish for Hibs and allow them to rest easy during next week's final matchday before phase two of the competition.

It is a similar challenge for Awer Mabil’s Midtjylland will be looking to address a sudden dip in form when they travel to the capital to take on FC Kobenhavn on Sunday in the Danish Superligaen.

Back-to-back league defeats has seen Mabil’s side forfeit their spot at the top of the table and a trip to high-flying Kobenhavn may be the last thing they need as they look to return to winning ways in their penultimate pre-playoff fixture. 

Elsewhere, Alex Gersbach and Daniel Arzani’s AGF Aarhus meet Randers in the Monday night kick off slot.

Over to the Bundesliga where Ajdin Hrustic and his Eintracht Frankfurt have a date with RB Leipzig on Sunday while Mathew Leckie’s Hertha Berlin make the cross country trip to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Heading to the Turkish Super Lig, Aziz Behich’s Kayserispor will be targeting three wins on the bounce when they host Galatasaray on Saturday.

Last weekend saw the Socceroos left back pick up his second assist of the season as his side comfortably saw off Hatayspor 3-1.

Their three-match winning streak has seen them rise to 14th on the table and lay rest to any relegation concerns for the time being.

Milos Degenek and his FK Crvena Zvezda will face off against Vozdovac in the Serbian SuperLiga on Monday.

Brandon Borrello will be in action for Fortuna Dusseldorf when they go head to head against relegation-threatened Sandhausen on Saturday.

The Socceroos winger will be hoping to build on his assist in their 3-1 triumph against Nurnberg last week.

In League One, Kenny Dougall’s Blackpool welcome rivals Fleetwood Town to Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Over in Thailand, Brandon O’Neill and his Buriram United will need to be at their best as they meet Samut Prakan City on Sunday.