Aussies Abroad Preview: Two Aussies prepare to face off in Pohang
Brandon O’Neill and Jason Davidson will go head-to-head in the K League on Saturday night while there will be a few more Aussies in action as another two European leagues restart their seasons.
Rashid Mahazi will be in action for Incheon United on Friday night as they host Gangwon FC at 8:30pm AET.
Mahazi has not featured for Incheon since their season opener against Daegu four weeks ago.
His side sit in 11th position on the K League ladder without a win to their name while Gangwon occupy 5th spot heading into this fixture.
Once again, there will be an Aussie battle taking place in the Korean top flight as Brandon O’Neill’s Pohang Steelers face off against Jason Davidson’s Ulsan Hyundai at 8pm on Saturday.
Pohang have enjoyed quite a positive start to the campaign and sit in 4th spot ahead of Saturday’s fixture.
They dished out their biggest win of the season last weekend when they eased past Daegu 4-1.
Ulsan occupy 2nd spot on the table and are one point better off than the Steelers. They will be looking to return to winning ways on Sunday after they registered an underwhelming 1-1 draw against bottom of the ladder Gwangju FC last time out.
Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis’ Suwon Bluewings welcome Gwangju to the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Sunday at 8pm.
The Bluewings have tasted victory only once this season against Incheon a fortnight ago.
Taggart and Antonis featured for Suwon in their most recent outing and appear likely to gear up again this Sunday.
Their opponents sit rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from their first four fixtures.
Brandon Borrello looks set to feature for SC Freiburg on Saturday as they meet Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Schwarzwald Stadion at 4:30am.
Freiburg sit in 8th position on the Bundesliga table and face an uphill battle if they want to qualify for Europe next season.
Borussia sit in one of the prized UEFA Champions League spots and arrive into this encounter high on confidence after securing a 4-1 victory against Union Berlin last Sunday.
Mathew Leckie’s Hertha Berlin face a daunting trip to free-scoring Borussia Dortmund with kick off scheduled for 2:30am on Sunday morning.
Hertha have been one of the form sides in the German top flight since it restarted last month with only leaders Bayern Munich holding a better record than the men from the capital.
They will be wary of Dortmund this weekend – who just put six past Paderborn in a crushing 6-1 triumph last time out.
The Austrian Bundesliga returned on Tuesday, so it meant a welcome return to the pitch for James Jeggo and James Holland.
Jeggo’s Austria Wien got off to a winning start as they overcame Admira Moedling 1-0 with Jeggo featuring for the final 10 minutes of the encounter.
Wien’s next match sees them go head to head against SKN St. Poelten on Sunday morning at 1am.
Holland’s LASK Linz endured a disappointing return after they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Hartberg, however the Aussie was the star player on the pitch, setting up Joao Klauss for his side’s only goal.
Linz’s next fixture sees them travel to Wolfsberger AC with the match set to get underway at 1am on Monday.
Milos Degenek and his FK Crvena Zvezda play their first match since being crowned Serbian champions as they meet FK Radnik Surdulica at 2am on Sunday.
Degenek’s side secured the SuperLiga championship last week when they defeated Rad Beograd 5-0.
They still have three league matches to play, as they round out what has been another fantastic campaign.
Tomi Juric will return to action with CSKA Sofia in the Bulgarian Premier League on Saturday as they visit bottom of the ladder Vitosha Bistritsa.
CSKA sit in fourth spot on the league table ahead of the competition’s resumption this weekend and are well on course to secure a berth in the championship playoffs which consist of the top six teams.
Juric has played just five matches this season, with his last appearance arriving over three months ago, when he came on as a substitute against Tsarsko Selo Sofia on March 1.
There will be three Aussies in action across the final matchday of the regular season in the Danish Superligaen.
Mustafa Amini and Alex Gersbach will be gearing up for AGF Aarhus as they make the trip to Aalborg BK with proceedings set to get underway from 1am on Monday morning.
Aarhus have already secured a place in the upcoming championship series thanks to their midweek victory against Odense.
Aalborg sit in 6th position, the last qualifying spot for the championship series.
They are three points better off than 7th placed Randers and more crucially hold a far superior goal difference if it were to come down to this factor.
Awer Mabil will be featuring for Midtjylland as they visit Nordsjaelland, with kick off set for the same time as AGF’s match.
Midtjylland have already secured top spot ahead of the championship playoffs however they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against mid-table Horsens in their first match back on Monday.
Nordsjaelland occupy 5th spot on the table and are the league’s in form side with their last defeat coming against FC Kobenhavn on December 9, 2019.
Trent Sainsbury and Nikita Rukavytsya’s Maccabi Haifa suffered a second consecutive defeat on Thursday morning as they lost 2-0 to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Sainsbury played the full match in the heart of defence while Rukavytsya was replaced in the dying moments of the encounter.
The Aussie duo will be in action again on Monday morning at 3:45am when they face off against cross-town rivals Hapoel Haifa.