Aussies Abroad: Silvera scores first Championship goal, several Socceroos aiming to maintain strong league starts

It was a successful few days of mid-week action for our Subway Socceroos as Sammy Silvera scored his first Boro goal while there are more exciting matches to look forward to this weekend.

Indeed, a host of Socceroos will be motivated to continue their positive starts in their respective leagues with Aussies in either first or second spot in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and England, while playing important roles.

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Starting in the UEFA Europa Conference League, where Matthew Ryan (cap #555) was in goal for AZ Alkmaar as they lost 4-1 to Aston Villa on Friday. The result leaves AZ joint bottom of Group E.

They return to Eredivisie action on Monday at 2:45am (AEDT) when they face NEC, determined to regain top spot in the league as they chase down PSV's two point buffer.

Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, Garang Kuol (cap #627) will be eager to impress for FC Volendam against Excelsior on Monday at 12:30am (AEDT).

In the UEFA Europa League, Denis Genreau (cap #610) came off the bench in the 67th minute at Anfield as Toulouse FC lost 5-1 to Liverpool on Friday.

They return to League 1 action on Monday at 1am (AEDT) when they travel to Montpellier. They sit 10th in the league after nine matches.

In the UEFA Champions League, Milos Degenek (cap #585) was an unused substitute for FK Crvena Zvezda as they lost 3-1 to RB Leipzig on Thursday.

They will return to action in Serbia on Sunday at 3:30am (AEDT) when they face IMT as the look to chase down top spot in the league.

In the English Championship, Sammy Silvera (cap #634) came off the bench in the 83rd minute to score a 92nd minute winner in Middlesbrough's 2-1 win over Norwich City on Wednesday. Tom Glover was also on the bench. 

Boro's sixth straight league win sees them climb up to seventh on the Championship ladder. They will be back in action on Sunday at 1am (AEDT) against Stoke City. Riley McGree (cap #609) could return for the match.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Cameron Burgess (cap #633) played a full game while Massimo Luongo (cap #571) also started and played 86 minutes in a gutsy 1-0 win over Bristol City on Thursday. Ipswich are five points behind Leicester in second with a game in hand.

They are likely to feature again on Monday at 12am (AEDT) when they face Plymouth Argyle FC.

Harry Souttar (cap #606) was an unused substitute in the Championship on Wednesday as they beat Sunderland 1-0.

He will look to force his way into the Leicester City line up on Sunday at 1am (AEDT) against QPR.

Over to EFL League One, Alexander Robertson (cap #630) played 90 minutes while fellow Aussies Kusini Yengi came off the bench in the 90th minute as Portsmouth drew 0-0 with Cambridge United on Wednesday.

They could feature again when they face Reading on Sunday at 1am (AEDT).

Elsewhere in the league, Kenny Dougall (cap #608) played another 90 minutes with Blackpool in a 3-2 win over Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Blackpool return to League One action against another Olyroo in Nicholas Bilokapic’s Peterborough on Monday at 12am (AEDT).

Ashley Maynard-Brewer was also in between the sticks for Charlton Athletic as they lost 3-1 to Lincoln City on Wednesday. He is likely to retain his spot when they face Bolton on Sunday at 1am (AEDT).

Callum Elder (cap #614) could return to League One action for Derby on Monday against Stevenage on Sunday at 1am (AEDT).

Over to Scotland, where Keanu Baccus (cap #628) is likely to feature for St Mirren when they face Ryan McGowan's (cap #546) St Johnstone on Sunday at 1am (AEDT). Ryan Strain (cap #624) is out with suspension for the Paisley club. 

Kye Rowles (cap #622), Cameron Devlin (cap #625), Nathaniel Atkinson (cap #620), and Olyroo Calem Nieuwenhof should line up for Heart of Midlothian FC when they face Rangers on Monday at 1am (AEDT).

Martin Boyle (cap #599), James Jeggo (cap #601), and new Socceroo Lewis Miller (cap #635) will likely start for Hibernian FC against league leaders Celtic on Sunday at 1am (AEDT). 

In Scotland’s League One, Dylan McGowan (cap #590) should start for Hamilton Academical against Montrose, eager to keep the side’s sparkling early-season form going on Sunday at 3:30am (AEDT).

In Germany, Connor Metcalfe (cap #611) could start in the 2. Bundesliga again alongside Jackson Irvine (cap #568) for St. Pauli when they face Karlsruher on Saturday at 10pm (AEDT). Pauli are the only undefeated team left in the league and they sit at the top after ten matches.

Having also struck for the Socceroos against New Zealand last week, Irvine scored his first of the 2. Bundesliga campaign over the weekend.

In Switzerland, Awer Mabil (cap #597) will likely feature with Grasshopper for their match with St Gallen on Sunday at 3am (AEDT) in the Swiss Super League.

In Ligue 2, new Socceroo Mohamed Toure (cap #636) will return to club action with Paris FC when they face Dunkerque on Sunday at 4am (AEDT).

Jordan Bos (cap #632) could feature for Westerlo in the Belgium Pro League when they face league leaders Union Saint-Gilloise on Monday at 2am (AEDT).

Jason Davidson (cap #545)’s KAS Eupen host Charleroi on Saturday at 3:15am (AEDT) and Aiden O’Neil (cap #629) will be in contention to start for Standard Liege against Gent on Monday at 4:30am (AEDT).

Alessandro Circati (cap #637) will be eager to retain his place in the Parma starting line up as they travel to Ascoli at 1:15am (AEDT) on Sunday.

Circati has started seven matches this season and scored one goal this campaign.

In Norway, recent Socceroos train on Patrick Yazbek is also expected to feature for Viking FK against Strømsgodset Toppfotball on Monday at 3am (AEDT) as they look to regain top spot in the Eliteserien. 

Nick D’Agostino (cap #621) has missed the last month with injury for Viking, who are second in the standings, six points behind leaders Bodo-Glimt after 25 rounds.

In Austria, James Holland (cap #508) could be in action for Austria Wien when they face SK Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga on Monday at 12:30am (AEDT).

In the Saudi Pro League, Craig Goodwin (cap #562) will return to action with Al-Wehda when they host a seventh-placed Al-Ettifaq FC side managed by Steven Gerrard boasting the likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Dembélé and Demarai Gray. That match kicks off Sunday at 5:00am (AEDT)

In the Saudi Second Division, Connor Pain (cap #565) could line up again for Al-Orobah FC when they host Al Qadsiah FC on Wednesday at 11:35pm (AEDT). Al-Orobah FC are top of the league with seven wins and one defeat in their opening eight matches.  

In Japan's J2 League, Mitchell Duke (cap #559)’s Machida Zelvia face Zweigen Kanazawa on Sunday at 4pm (AEDT). Machida sealed promotion to the J1 League with a 3-0 win away to Roasso Kumamoto last weekend.

While the season is not over yet, promotion adds to an already successful season for Duke, who made the move to Machida on the back of a stellar 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup. The Socceroos striker has scored eight league goals and nine across all competitions.

Elsewhere in Japan, Thomas Deng (cap #598) could feature in the J1 League when Albirex Niigata face Kyoto Sanga on Saturday at 4pm (AEDT).

Mitch Langerak (cap #566) will hope to help push J1 League side Nagoya Grampus towards AFC Champions League qualification on Friday at 9pm (AEDT) when they host Sagan Tosu.

Over to Korea, where the K1 League play-offs are heating up as Harrison Delbridge's (cap #623) Incheon United face fellow Aussie Aaron Calver's Gwangju on Saturday at 6:30pm (AEDT).

In the USA, Brad Smith (cap #575) could feature in Houston Dynamo's MLS play-off match against Real Salt Lake on Monday at 9am (AEDT).

Subway Olyroos

Starting in the English Premier League, where Tyrese Francois will target some minutes when Fulham face Brighton on Monday at 1am (AEDT).

In the Championship, Nectarios Triantis was an unused substitute in Sunderland's 1-0 loss to Leicester on Wednesday. He may get on the field for against Norwich on Sunday at 1am (AEDT).

In League One, Nicholas Bilokapic kept a clean sheet in Peterborough United's 1-0 win over Port Vale on Wednesday. He could retain his spot in goal when they face Blackpool on Sunday at 1am (AEDT).

Cameron Peupion could also feature for Cheltenham Town when they face Port Vale at the same time in the EFL League One

Elsewhere in the competition, Caleb Watts came off the bench in the 61st minute for Exeter City in a 2-0 win over Derby County on Wednesday. He is likely to feature again when they play Lincoln City on Sunday at 1am (AEDT).

As mentioned above, Calem Nieuwenhof is likely to be involved for Hearts in the Scottish Premiership when they face Rangers on Monday at 1am (AEDT).

Joshua Rawlins could be in action for Jong FC Utrecht against MVV on Tuesday at 6am (AEDT).

In Poland, Louis D'Arrigo could feature again for Lechia Gdańsk when they face Stal Rzeszów on Sunday at 12am (AEDT).

Subway Young Socceroos/U18

Adrian Segecic’s FC Dordrecht host Den Bosch on Saturday at 5am (AEDT) in the Eerste Divisie.

Keegan Jelacic could be involved for Stabaek in Norway on Monday morning at 3am (AEDT) when they travel to Sarpsborg. 

Other Aussies

  • In Italy, Cristian Volpato could feature for Sassuolo in Serie A as they take on Bologna on Sunday at 12am (AEDT).

  • Ryan Edwards could appear for SD Amorebieta again on Saturday at 11pm (AEDT) against Eldense in Spain’s second division.

  • Zachary Duncan could be involved when Aarhus Gymnastikforening host to Danish Superligaen club Randers on Tuesday at 5am (AEDT).

  • Anthony Kalik could play for Hajduk Split as they travel to Slaven Belupo, eager to regain top spot in Croatia’s 1. Division on Saturday at 3am (AEDT).

  • Liam Chipperfield will hope to earn a start for FC Sion when they travel to Neuchâtel Xamax FCS on Saturday at 5:15am (AEDT) in the Swiss Challenge League.

  • John Iredale will hope to start again for Wehen Wiesbaden in Germany’s 2. Bundesliga against Hansa on Sunday at 11:30pm (AEDT).

  • Over to England, where Jack Iredale could feature in League One for Bolton Wanderers against Charlton on Sunday at 1am (AEDT). Iredale was an unused substitute on Wednesday as they beat Wycombe 4-2.

  • In EFL League Two, Dean Bouzanis is likely to start in goal for Sutton United when they host Bradford City on Sunday at 1am (AEDT). Bouzanis was in goal as they lost 2-1 to Wrexham on Wednesday.

  • Over to Asia, where Alexander Grant is likely to feature in the K1 League play-offs for Pohang Steelers against Jeonbuk on Saturday at 4pm (AEDT).

  • Elsewhere in the K1 League play-offs, Aaron Calver could play for Gwangju when they face Delbridge's Incheon United on Saturday at 6:30pm (AEDT).

  • Lachlan Jackson will look to play a part in Suwon FC’s match against FC Seoul on Sunday at 6:30pm (AEDT) in the K1 League relegation play-offs.

  • In the J2 League, Stefan Mauk’s Fagiano Okayama host Tochigi SC on Sunday afternoon at 4pm (AEDT).

  • Over to the  Malaysia Super League, where Shane Lowry could feature again for Johor Darul Ta-zim against Kelantan United FC on Saturday at 11:15pm (AEDT).

  • Panagiotis Armenakas’ Phoenix Rising travel to Orange County  SC in the USL Championship quarter-finals on Sunday at 1pm (AEDT).