Aussies Abroad Preview: Ryan and Mooy's chance to make PL statement

Caltex Socceroos stars Mathew Ryan and Aaron Mooy are looking to return Brighton and Hove Albion to the Premier League winner's circle this weekend.

Graham Potter's side are currently 16th on the table and winless in four league matches after beginning the campaign with a 3-0 win away to Watford.

But the weight of history is on Brighton's side, as the Seagulls prepare for a Sunday morning showdown with Newcastle United at St. James Park.

After both teams were promoted into the top flight in 2016/17, Brighton are unbeaten in their four Premier League encounters with the Magpies (W2, D2) - only against West Ham United do Albion boast a better unbeaten record (five matches).

Potter's men are looking to bounce back after a late Jeff Hendrick sucker punch resulted in a 1-1 draw with Burnley last time out, a match that saw Ryan play his fifth match of the season, and Mooy make a substitute appearance.

Things get underway for Brighton's Aussie duo at 2:30am AEST on Sunday morning.

Read on for a full preview of the weekend ahead for your Caltex Socceroos.

All times in this article are in AEST.

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Elsewhere in England...

Massimo Luongo and Sheffield Wednesday are preparing for the challenge of pass masters Fulham this Sunday at 12:00am.

Fulham have had 142 sequences in open play with 10 or more passes - 98 more than Luongo's Wednesday, and 59 more than any other Championship team.

Should he be called upon by Wednesday boss Garry Monk, Luongo could have a key role in disrupting the visitors rhythm, as ninth-placed Sheffield look to post back to back wins.

Jackson Irvine is also gearing up for a Championship battle with Luton Town. Luton and Hull haven't faced each other in any competition since 2007 - that one commences at 12:00am on Sunday.

Down a division, Mark Milligan's Southend United are searching for their first win of the League One campaign away to MK Dons. Harry Souttar's Fleetwood Town will look to continue their positive start to the season at home to Rochdale.

Both League One matches start at 12:00am on Sunday.

Jackson Irvine
Hull City star Jackson Irvine

In Germany...

The Bundesliga campaign started brightly for Hertha Berlin with a point away to Bayern Munich, but Mathew Leckie's side find themselves on the bottom of the table prior to Saturday evening's clash with Paderborn.

Hertha were last bottom of the German top flight more than nine years ago - the 2009/10 season in which the club were relegated - and the visit of Paderborn, who are the only other club without a win in the Bundesliga, raises the stakes for Leckie's men.

That one kicks off at 11:30pm on Saturday.

Brandon Borrello's Freiburg find themselves in a far loftier position. Freiburg are third on the table ahead of their home fixture with Augsburg - just a point against the visitors would seal the club's best-ever start to a Bundesliga season.

That match also kicks off at 11:30pm on Saturday.

Brandon Borrello
Brandon Borrello, of Freiburg

In the rest of Europe...

The Danish Superliga season is still young but Awer Mabil and FC Midtjylland's clash with Copenhagen could be a decisive one.

Midtjylland were beaten to the title by Copenhagen last season, but have a handsome four point advantage over their rivals ahead of Monday morning's 2:00am kick off.

Mabil was on the scoresheet in the club's 3-0 win over Lyngby last time out, on a day that doubled as his 24th birthday.

Ajdin Hrustic is in superb form for Eredivisie side FC Groningen, and he'll be looking to spearhead their fixture against Zwolle on Sunday morning at 3:45am.

James Jeggo's Austria Wien side entertain Altach at 10:30pm on Sunday, while Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani's Celtic host Kilmarnock on Sunday at 10:00pm in the Scottish Premiership.

Meanwhile, Aziz Behich's Istanbul Basaksehir are out to bounce back from their 4-0 midweek loss to Roma in the UEFA Europa League when they travel to Besiktas on Tuesday morning, 3:00am kick off.

Awer Mabil scored a beauty in this morning's win over Sonderjyske
FC Midtjylland star Awer Mabil

In Asia...

Adam Taggart's Suwon Bluewings side went down 1-0 to Hwaseong in the Korean FA Cup Semi-final first leg on Wednesday but all eyes are on their huge league encounter with Sangju Sangmu on Saturday, 8:00pm.

The Australian, who has scored 16 goals in 25 K-League matches, will be a key man for sixth-placed Suwon, who can make a big stride toward the Championship round by beating seventh-placed Sangju - with both sides level on points with four matches remaining.

And in America...

Finally, in the States, Brad Smith and Seattle Sounders face DC United at 10:00am on Monday morning.

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