Aussies Abroad Preview: Souttar and Elder go head-to-head

With Socceroos continuing their consistent performances in clubland, two will lock horns in the English Championship this weekend. 

As always, there will be plenty of Australian internationals in action this weekend all over Europe, Asia and North America. 

Starting in England, two Socceroos defenders are likely to take to the pitch when Harry Souttar's Stoke City meet Callum Elder's Hull City.

Souttar’s fifth-placed Stoke will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins when they host Elder’s twenty-second placed Hull City on Sunday morning at 12am (AEST).

At the same time (Sunday 12am AEST), midfielder Riley McGree’s Birmingham City will be mounting a charge towards the top six when they seek victory over Preston North End.

Fellow midfielder Kenny Dougall will be looking to get some further minutes under his belt when Blackpool face Barnsley on Sunday morning at 12am (AEST), with goal difference the only thing currently separating the two teams.

In League One, imposing defender Bailey Wright will likely be in the heart of Sunderland’s defence yet again when they face Bolton Wanderers at home on Sunday morning at 12am (AEST).

Across the Atlantic, Brad Smith’s Seattle Sounders are set a blockbuster top-of-the-table clash.

The Sounders can extend their record-breaking thirteen game unbeaten start to the season and overtake Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Western Conference with a win which would see them top the table.

Smith and will be looking to continue his regular starting birth at left wing-back when things get underway at 9am (AEST) on Monday morning.

Over in the Scottish Premier League, where Martin Boyle will be looking to extend his lead at the top of the league goal-scoring chart when second-placed Hibernian FC face St Johnstone on Monday morning at 12am (AEST).

It is a huge match for Tom Rogic’s Celtic on Monday morning at 12am (AEST) when the Hoops take on Dundee.

After an up-and-down few weeks, this looms as a crunch match for the Scottish heavyweights in keeping pace with the competition frontrunners. 

Moving to Greece, where James Jeggo’s Aris Thessaloniki face a tough away trip to Atromitos F.C. in the fourth match of the Greek Super League with kick-off scheduled for 2:30am (AEST).

Tony Popovic’s former side Xanthi FC face Karaiskakis FC in the third round of the Greek Cup with Paul Izzo set to take his place between the sticks for Xanthi on Sunday at 11pm (AEST).

Sitting pretty at the top of the Danish Superliga, FC Midtjylland will be looking to extend its lead against fourth-placed Randers with Awer Mabil set to take action on Sunday at 10pm (AEST).

Lawrence Thomas’ SønderjyskE will be looking to register its third league win when they travel to AGF Aarhus on Tuesday morning at 3am (AEST).

To Germany, where 25-year-old Ajdin Hrustic’s Eintracht Frankfurt host 1. FC Köln on Saturday at 11:30pm (AEST).

In the 2. Bundesliga, Jackson Irvine will be hoping his side FC St. Pauli end the round on top of the ladder which is possible if they attain 3 points on Saturday evening at 9:30pm (AEST) against Karlsruher.

In Belgium, defender Trent Sainsbury’s KV Kortrijk could break into the top 4 if they defeat fifteenth-placed S.V. Zulte Waregem on Sunday morning at 2:30am (AEST).

Dominant center-back Milos Degenek will take the field for Red Star Belgrade when they do battle against FK Voždovac with a win for Red Star giving them the chance to go top of the ladder.

Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic's NEC Nijmegen take on Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday morning at 5am (AEST), while in France, Denis Genreau’s Toulouse FC can extend its four point lead at the top of Ligue 2 with a win against eleventh placed Caen on Tuesday morning at 4:45am (AEST).

Finally in Japan, striker Adam Taggart’s Cerezo Osaka take on Kashima Antlers at 4pm (AEST) on Saturday afternoon while Mitchell Duke will be hoping Fagiano Okayam can get back to winning ways against Blaublitz Akita in its J-League 2 encounter on Sunday at 2pm (AEST).