Aussies Abroad preview: Mooy and Ryan gear up for crucial Premier League clash with Watford

Brighton and Hove Albion's Socceroos stars Aaron Mooy and Mathew Ryan are preparing for a crucial match in the club's bid for Premier League survival, against Watford this Sunday at 4.30am AEDT.

The Seagulls - who came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with fellow strugglers West Ham United last time out - are looking to secure a league double over the Hornets.

Graham Potter's side won the reverse fixture 3-0 on the opening weekend of the campaign, and a repeat of that result would be just the tonic as Brighton aim to steer clear of the drop zone.

Brighton are 15th on 26 points ahead of Sunday's showdown at the AMEX, with Watford on 23 points, and in 19th position. 

Read on for a preview of the weekend's action for your Socceroos stars. All kick off times are in AEDT. 

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Mooy leaves Villa midfielder Marvellous Nakamba in his wake

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Down in the Championship, Jackson Irvine and Hull City are desperate to break a four-match losing streak when they host Reading at 2am on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Massimo Luongo's Sheffield Wednesday are in action against Kenny Dougall's Barnsley at 12.30am on Sunday. 

In League One, Bailey Wright and Sunderland are aiming to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to promotion rivals Portsmouth last time out with a home clash to Ipswich Town at 2am on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Harry Souttar and Fleetwood Town travel to AFC Wimbledown looking to build on last Sunday's 2-1 over Doncaster. 

Harry Souttar



In Scotland, Tom Rogic and Celtic turn their attention away from the title race ahead of Monday morning's trip to Clyde at 1am.

Martin Boyle and Hibernian are also in Scottish Cup fifth round action - they visit BSC Glasgow at 11pm on Sunday.

Over in the Bundesliga, Mathew Leckie's Hertha Berlin entertain Mainz at home, 1.30am on Sunday evening. Hertha are 13th in the Bundesliga.

Brandon Borrello and Freiburg are in action against Hoffenheim at the same time.

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In the Eredivisie, Adjin Hrustic's Groningen host Vitesse at 4.30am on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Turkey, Aziz Behich and Istanbul Başakşehir are involved in a top of the table clash against first-placed Sivasspor.

Behich's boys will leapfrog the leaders into first if they emerge victorious from Monday's 12am kick off. 

On home shores, Jamie Maclaren is aiming to lead Melbourne City to derby success against Melbourne Victory. Maclaren and City are in action at 7.30pm on Friday.

Mitch Duke is also involved in a derby - his Western Sydney Wanderers side take on Rhyan Grant's Sydney FC on Saturday at 5pm AEDT. 

The Sydney Derby is on the menu for Rhyan Grant this Saturday