Aussies Abroad Preview: Club football returns with a bang

There are some premium clashes on the horizon this weekend as Mitch Langerak chases his sixth straight clean sheet while Awer Mabil begins his championship playoffs in Denmark.

In Germany Mathew Leckie's side are preparing for a fierce crosstown derby while Ajdin Hrsutic's high-fling Eintracht Frankfurt take on Champions League Quarter Finalists Borussia Dortmund. 

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Starting in Japan, Langerak will be gunning for his sixth straight clean sheet as his Nagoya Grampus face off against FC Tokyo on Saturday.

Nagoya sit in second on the J League table however leaders Kawasaki Frontale are in front by one point and have played an extra match.

Meanwhile, Adam Taggart recently touched down in Japan and will link up with his new club, Cerezo Osaka, after he completes the mandatory 14 days in quarantine.

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Mabil’s Midtjylland kick off their championship playoffs on Monday night as they go head to head against table-toppers Brondby.

Brondby pipped the Aussie’s side to first place at the end of the regular season and hold a two point advantage over them as they knuckle down for the business end of the campaign.

In the Championship, Harry Souttar’s Stoke City meet Bristol City on Saturday.

His side were on a two-match unbeaten run prior to the international break and are still in with an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs as they gear up for the final eight matches.

Heading to Greece where James Jeggo will be in the heart of midfield for Aris FC as they entertain Asteras Tripolis on Sunday.

Jeggo’s side began the championship playoffs with a narrow 1-0 defeat at Olympiacos while their upcoming opponents drew 2-2 with Panathinaikos.

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In Belgium, Trent Sainsbury and his Kortrijk have a date with Club Brugge in the Pro League on Saturday.

The international break came at an opportune time for Sainsbury’s side after they had suffered three consecutive defeats.

However, they will not get much joy coming into this fixture knowing that they were outdone 1-0 against Brugge in their last meeting.

Mathew Leckie could be involved in the highly anticipated Berlin derby on Sunday as his Hertha make the shortest of trips to go toe to toe against rivals, Union.

Hertha claimed all three points when these sides first met in December – coming out on top 3-1 at the Olympiastadion.

Elsewhere, Ajdin Hrustic’s fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt travel to fifth placed Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The race for UEFA Champions League football is tight however the four point gap between the two teams ahead of their clash means that Dortmund will not be able to leapfrog Frankfurt.

Nikita Rukavytsya will be aiming to get on the scoresheet for Maccabi Haifa when they host Maccabi Petach Tikva in the Israeli Premier League on Saturday.

In the Turkish SuperLig, Aziz Behich’s Kayserispor will be featuring in the early kick off on Saturday when they host Goztepe.

Milos Degenek will be in action for FK Crvena Zvezda when they travel to relegation-threatened Napredak on Sunday.

Over to the 2. Bundesliga where Brandon Borrello and his Fortuna Dusseldorf will be looking to return to winning ways when they meet Darmstadt on Sunday.

Kenny Dougall’s Blackpool will be hoping to consolidate their League One playoff spot when they make the trip to Swindon Town on Saturday.

In Thailand, Brandon O'Neill's Buriram United will face Muangthong United in a FA Cup Quarter Final on Saturday night. 

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