Aussies Abroad Preview: PL duo out to make history against Lampard's Chelsea
Mathew Ryan and Aaron Mooy will be looking to cause a big upset over Chelsea in Sunday morning's (AEST) Premier League clash.
Brighton and Hove Albion have lost all eight of their league meetings with the Blues - including four in the Premier League - but Graham Potter's men will certainly fancy their chances at exploiting some teething problems in Sunday's 12:00am kick-off, and notching what would be a famous win in London.
The Seagulls dominated possession and outshot both Newcastle United and Burnley in their previous two Premier League affairs, with Mooy impressing in a more advanced left forward position in last weekend's 0-0 stalemate at St. James Park.
Chelsea have not yet won at home this season after draws with Leicester City and Sheffield United, while Frank Lampard's men were beaten 2-1 by leaders Liverpool last time out.
Read on for a full preview of the weekend ahead for your Caltex Socceroos.
All times in this article are in AEST.
Over in Germany...
Freiburg are flying in the Bundesliga. Brandon Borrello's club secured their best-ever start to a top-flight campaign with a 1-1 draw against Augsburg last Saturday, and travel to Fortuna Dusseldorf this Sunday at 11:30pm looking to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and early pacesetters RB Leipzig.
Fresh from opening their league account with a 2-1 win over Paderborn last Saturday, Mathew Leckie's Hertha Berlin face Koln away at 2am on Monday.
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... back in the Championship
Jackson Irvine's Hull City are shooting for back-to-back Championship wins in Sunday's clash with Cardiff City at the KCOM. Irvine pulled the strings to magnificent effect in the team's 3-0 win over Luton Town last time out and the Tigers vice-captain will be a key man as Hull - currently 14th - look to leapfrog 13th-placed Cardiff on the table.
Massimo Luongo's Sheffield Wednesday are ninth and they travel to the Riverside to face Middlesbrough at 12am.
In League One, Southend United and Mark Milligan will be looking to build on their big victory over MK Dons last Sunday against Accrington Stanley. Milligan's Shrimpers opened their season account in that 1-0 win over MK Dons, and will haul themselves level on points with 19th-placed Stanley with another three points.
Harry Souttar's Fleetwood Town occupy the other end of the divison: Souttar's men are in fourth position ahead of their trip to Shrewsbury. Both League One affairs commence at 12am on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in the rest of Europe...
Mustafa Amini's AGF are riding high in the Danish Superliga. Amini scored an absolute belter in last Saturday's 2-1 win over OB to secure the club's fifth win in a row. They are currently third, and a sixth consecutive victory against Nordsajaelland in Sunday evening's 8pm kick off would keep them on the heels of FC Midtjylland and Copenhagen.
Midtjylland - the club of Caltex Socceroos teammate Awer Mabil - entertain OB on Monday morning at 12am.
With two goals in his last three matches, Ajdin Hrustic is in superb form for Groningen, and the next challenge for the 23-year-old is an away trip to Ajax. That Eredivisie kicks off at 3:45am on Sunday.
Meanwhile, James Jeggo's Austria Wien face unbeaten Austrian Bundesliga leaders Red Bull Salzburg at 1am on Sunday.
Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani's Celtic travel to Hibernian at 9:30pm on Saturday. They lead the Scottish Premiership by three points ahead of Rangers.
Aziz Behich's Istanbul Basaksehir host Rizespor in the Turkish Super Lig. That one gets underway at 3:30am on Saturday.
... and in Asia
Adam Taggart's Suwon Bluewings are after a result against K-League leaders Jeonbuk in this Saturday's 5pm kick off. Suwon - who dropped to eighth position after a 2-0 defeat to Ulsan Hyundai on Wednesday night - are now two points shy of sixth-placed Pohang Steelers, who they must overtake to secure a championship round position.
In the J-League, Mitch Langerak's Nagoya Grampus travel to Sanfrecce Hiroshima at 8:00pm on Saturday.
... and Stateside
Finally, Brad Smith's Seattle Sounders face San Jose on Monday morning at 9:30am. The Sounders are second in the Western Conference.
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