Aussies Abroad Preview: Ryan set to face Spurs as Rogic and Boyle prepare for Scottish Cup semi-finals

Maty Ryan’s Brighton & Hove Albion have a date with Tottenham on Monday morning (AEDT) while Tom Rogic and Martin Boyle will be involved in do-or-die Scottish Cup semi-final showdowns.

Maty Ryan will be hoping for a cleansheet when his Brighton & Hove Albion take on Tottenham at 6:15am* on Monday.

The Socceroos shot stopper has managed to keep just one cleansheet this campaign which arrived in their sole victory against Newcastle back in September.

They sit in 16th position on the Premier League ladder ahead of this fixture with back-to-back 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively.

Both Tom Rogic and Martin Boyle will be involved in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup over the course of the weekend.

Rogic’s Celtic will face off against Aberdeen for the second week running after enduring a 3-3 stalemate with them in the Premiership last Sunday.

The Socceroos midfielder proved too strong for Aberdeen’s defence as he helped himself to two assists in that six-goal thriller.

The other semi-final clash sees Boyle and his Hibernian pitted against Hearts with that match set to kick off at 4am on Sunday.

Hibs are no stranger to this competition, having taken out the cup in the 2012/13 season.


In the English Championship, Harry Souttar’s Stoke City will be looking to recover from their midweek defeat at Swansea when they host lowly-placed Rotherham at 2am on Sunday.

Stoke suffered only their second defeat of the season last time out and will be looking to return to the kind of form which saw them unbeaten in their last five league fixtures.

Heading to Belgium where Danny Vukovic will be wearing the gloves for Genk when they entertain Eupen in the Pro League at 6:45am on Saturday.

A 2-1 win against Gent last time out saw Vukovic’s side extend their unbeaten record to five matches.

They occupy eighth spot ahead of this fixture while their opponents sit in 12th – five points worse off than their hosts.

Trent Sainsbury will be taking to the pitch for Kortrijk on Tuesday when they travel to Zulte Waregem at 6:45am.

Kortrijk will view this match as the ideal opportunity to seal all three points as they take on a side who have not tasted victory in their last six attempts.

In the Danish Superligaen, Awer Mabil will be featuring for Midtjylland when they meet Nordsjaelland at 2am on Sunday.

Midtjylland’s league form has been near-perfect with four wins, one draw and one defeat from their first six fixtures however they return to domestic action after successive UEFA Champions League defeats.

The Danish champions have seemingly been able to recover well with their 3-2 win at Brondby last round after being humbled 4-0 by Atalanta in the Champions League proving that they are not suffering any European hangovers.

Mathew Leckie’s Hertha Berlin have a date with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Monday with the match set to get underway from 4am.

The men from capital have been in a torrid run of form which seen them lose four on the bounce.

They sit on the brink of the relegation places with only three points separating them from bottom of the table Mainz.

Ajdin Hrustic’s Eintracht Frankfurt will still be hurting from their thrashing at Bayern Munich when they host Werder Bremen at 1:30am on Sunday.

Hrustic will be hoping to have an impact this weekend after being left on the bench for his side’s last two fixtures which has seen them register a draw at Koln before suffering a heavy defeat against Bayern.

In the Turkish SuperLig, Aziz Behich will be aiming to make his Kayserispor debut when his new side make the trip to Rizespor at 9:30pm on Sunday.

The Socceroos left back was an unused substitute in their 3-1 defeat to Sivasspor a fortnight ago but will be eager to help his new side this time around as they look to return to winning ways.

Daniel Arzani could be in line to make his full debut for FC Utrecht when they visit Heracles at 10:15pm on Sunday in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The Socceroos winger has been used as an impact player off the bench on multiple occasions so far but has yet to be rewarded with a place in the starting line-up.

Another positive midweek performance in the KNVB Cup may lead to a spot in the starting eleven come Sunday.

In Greece, James Jeggo will be gearing up for Aris Thessaloniki when they battle it out against Asteras Tripolis in the Super League at 12am on Monday.

Jeggo’s side sit top of the Greek top flight and are one of just three sides who still boast an unbeaten record.

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They will be looking to carry their winning form into the weekend as they look to topple an Asteras side who are on a three game unbeaten run.

Elsewhere, Apostolos Giannou will be lining up for OFI Crete when they make the trip to the capital to take on AEK Athens at 4:30am on Monday.

Giannou’s side are winless since mid-September with the Aussie striker yet to get off the mark for his new side.

He was handed his first start last round and will be hoping to be given another chance to impress this weekend as they play the highly-famed AEK.

In the Serbian SuperLiga, Milos Degenek’s FK Crvena Zvezda have a meeting with Radnik Surdulica at 1am on Monday.

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Consecutive league stalemates have stunted what has otherwise been an inspired start to the campaign for Degenek’s side.

They will be favourites for the match this weekend with their upcoming opponents sitting in 15th place in the 20-team competition.

Mitch Duke’s Al-Taawoun will go head to head against Al Qadasiya in the Saudi Pro League at 3:50am on Friday.

Duke’s side are undefeated after their first two matches of the season with a 1-1 draw in their opening round fixture at home to Al-Faisaly before toppling last season’s runners-up Al Nassr 1-0 in their most recent outing.

Craig Goodwin will be on the wing for Abha Club when they face off against Al-Ettifaq at 2:15am on Sunday.

His side will still be reeling from their semi-final cup defeat at the hands of Al Hilal and this weekend’s match will not be made easier given that Ettifaq lead the way with two wins in two.

In J League action, Mitch Langerak will be between the sticks for Nagoya Grampus when they visit Kashima Antlers at 7pm on Saturday.

Nagoya occupy fifth spot on the table heading into this clash while the Antlers are in 6th – equal on points with Langerak’s side.

It was Kashima who came out on top the last time these two sides met – securing a 3-1 win back in round 14.

Thomas Deng will be in action for Urawa Red Diamonds on Saturday when they battle it out against Oita Trinita at 4pm.

Urawa have been in a purple patch of late, undefeated in their last four fixtures and will be high on confidence knowing that they beat Oita in their previous meeting.

Adam Taggart will be lacing up his boots for the final time this season when his Suwon Bluewings travel to Gangwon FC on Saturday for the final round of the K League campaign.

A mixed season which saw his side flirt with relegation for the majority of the past five months will come to an end when they take on 7th placed Gangwon at 5pm.

Taggart’s side are likely to finish the campaign where they stand in 9th but a win this weekend could see them snag 8th place at the expense of FC Seoul.

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Heading to the English League One where Bailey Wright will be featuring in the heart of defence for Sunderland when they play Gillingham on Sunday at 12am.

Wright will be in high spirits after he opened his Black Cats account in their midweek stalemate at Rochdale.

All three points this weekend will put an end to a slight downturn in form which has seen them without a win in their last two encounters

Brandon Borrello’s Fortuna Dusseldorf have a date with FC Heidenheim in the 2. Bundesliga on Saturday with kick off scheduled for 4:30am.

Borrello’s side sit in the relegation playoff spot ahead of this tie and are in real danger of falling further down the table if they fail to overcome fellow strugglers Heidenheim who are situated in 13th position.

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