Aussies Abroad preview: Rogic and Boyle get set for Scottish FA Cup quarters

Semi-Final spots in the Scottish FA Cup are up for grabs for Socceroos duo Martin Boyle and Tom Rogic, while Aaron Mooy and Maty Ryan face a key clash in the race for Premier League survival.

Boyle’s Hibernian kick-off Quarter-Final weekend on Saturday morning (6.45am AEDT) when they host Championship outfit Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Hibs and Boyle won the FA Cup four years ago and will start favourites to advance to the last four having lost just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Since Hibs’ triumph in 2016, Rogic’s Celtic have lifted the Scottish FA Cup for the last three years and are on course for another trip to Hampden Park this year.

Neil Lennon’s Hoops are away at St Johnstone on Monday morning, with kick-off at 2am AEDT.

Read on to find out when and where the rest of your Socceroos are in action this weekend, with all kick-off times AEDT.

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Crucial derby day for Ryan and Mooy’s Seagulls

Brighton have the chance to give themselves some breathing space from the relegation zone when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday night (kick-off 11.30pm).

Graham Potter’s troops are currently four points above the bottom three and will view the A23 Derby at home against Palace as an opportunity for maximum points.

Ryan and Mooy are both likely to start for Brighton, who have lost just one of their last five clashes with Palace in the Premier League.

In the Championship, Jackson Irvine’s Hull City will look to scupper the automatic promotion hopes of Leeds United when they face off at the KCOM on Saturday night (kick-off 11.30pm).

The Tigers have not won in the Championship since January 2 (nine games) and need to stop the rot with just four points between themselves and the relegation zone.

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Jackson Irvine will hope to lead his side to victory over second-place Leeds

Adam Federici’s Stoke travel to last-placed Luton Town in a crucial match-up at the bottom of the ladder, while Kenny Dougall’s Barnsley are also in desperate need of three points in their trip to Reading.

A midweek win over Charlton has re-ignited Sheffield Wednesday and Massimo Luongo’s play-off hopes, with the Owls at home against Derby, while Brad Smith could make his Cardiff City debut in their clash with Brentford.

All of those matches kick-off at 2am on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, in League One, Harry Souttar’s Fleetwood Town should make it 10 league games without defeat when they take on struggling Tranmere Rovers on Sunday (kick-off 2am).

And it’s fourth versus second as Bailey Wright’s Sunderland travel to Coventry City at 11pm on Sunday night.

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Brandon Borrello’s Freiburg face a huge task on Sunday morning (1.30am kick-off) as they travel to title-chasing Borussia Dortmund.

If Freiburg, who sit comfortably in mid-table, are to pull off an upset they will need to shut down Dortmund’s in-form young striker Erling Haaland, who has nine Bundesliga goals in six games.

Mathew Leckie’s Hertha Berlin can pull away from the drop zone in Germany’s top flight as they do battle with lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf at 6.30am on Saturday.

Over in Denmark, Awer Mabil’s Midtjylland can take another step towards the Superliga title when they take on SonderjyskE on Tuesday at 5am, while AGF and Mustafa Amini begin the round at home to Hobro on Saturday at 5am.

Awer Mabil's FC Midtjylland have a nine point lead at the top of the Superliga

Trent Sainsbury’s Maccabi Haifa will look to keep the heat on leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel as they clash with Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Monday at 5.15am.

In the Eredivisie, Ajdin Hrustic’s Groningen have a tricky trip to Willem II at 6am on Saturday, while in Austria Jimmy Jeggo travels to his former club Sturm Graz with Austria Wien at 3am on Monday.

Apostolos Giannou and his AEK Larnaca head to Anorthosis in Cyprus at 3am on Monday, Aziz Behich’s Istanbul Basaksehir host Gaziantep FK (4am Tuesday) in Turkey, while over in Saudi Arabia, Craig Goodwin’s Al-Wehda travel to Al-Fateh at 11.40pm on Saturday night.

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Back on home soil

All eyes will be on Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Friday night as Sydney FC take on Western Sydney Wanderers in the Hyundai A-League season’s second Sydney Derby.

Mitch Duke was the Wanderers’ match-winner in the first derby back in October and he’ll again look to get the better of Sky Blues duo Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne.

Kick-off at Kogarah is 8pm on Friday night.

Elsewhere, Jamie Maclaren’s Melbourne City host Brisbane Roar on Sunday evening at 6.30pm, while Josh Risdon and Western United are at home against Central Coast Mariners at 4pm on the same day.

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