Aussies Abroad: Ryan's South Coast derby as Vukovic aims to extend unbeaten record

Maty Ryan’s Brighton have a showdown with south coast rivals Southampton while Danny Vukovic’s Genk will be looking to go 10 matches unbeaten in the Belgian Pro League.

Ryan and his Brighton & Hove Albion have a south coast derby to look forward to as they host Southampton at 7am on Tuesday.

Brighton are undefeated in their last three fixtures and are enjoying their best league run this season.

They held Liverpool to a draw last time out but will have another challenger on their hands against the Saints who sit in 6th position.

Over to the Belgian Pro League where Vukovic’s Genk will be looking to go 10 games unbeaten when they entertain Royal Antwerp at 11:30pm on Sunday.

This match has all the markings to be a thriller with 2nd placed Genk just three points and two places better off than their upcoming opponents.

Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury and his Kortrijk have a meeting with Sporting Charleroi at 6:45am on Tuesday.

Sainsbury’s side enjoyed their first win in six attempts last weekend and are still firmly in the mix for European football as they approach the halfway point of the campaign.

In the Scottish Premiership, Martin Boyle will be featuring for Hibernian when they travel to Motherwell with kick off scheduled for 2am on Sunday.

Consecutive 2-2 stalemates in the league has seen Hibs drop into 4th place however they are just one point behind Aberdeen who also possess a game in hand over Boyle’s side.

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Elsewhere, Tom Rogic’s Celtic will take on St Johnstone at 2am on Monday.

The Hoops’ form of late has been of concern with back-to-back defeats in the Europa League and League Cup respectively.

They will be eager to get back on track this weekend as they look to close the sizeable gap on runaway leaders Rangers.

In Denmark, Awer Mabil will be lining up for Midtjylland when they visit newly promoted Vejle Boldklub at 2am on Sunday.

Awer Mabil

Midtjylland are fresh from securing their first ever UEFA Champions League point after they came away with a draw at Atalanta on Wednesday morning (AEDT).

They occupy 2nd spot on the Superligaen table ahead of their fixture this weekend with top of the table Brondby only one point better off.

Mathew Leckie will be involved in a must-watch battle in the German Bundesliga on Saturday morning as his Hertha Berlin host Union Berlin in the highly contested capital derby at 6:30am.

Hertha did well to escape with a point away to Leverkusen last round and are sitting in 8th ahead of their clash with Union who have double the amount of points as their fierce rivals and occupy one of the highly coveted European spots.

In the English Championship, Massimo Luongo’s Sheffield Wednesday have a meeting with league leaders Norwich City at 2am on Sunday.

Massimo Luongo

Wednesday are fresh from a midweek 1-1 draw at home to Reading which was their third stalemate on the bounce.

James Jeggo could be in contention to return to action for Greek Super League outfit Aris Thessaloniki when they travel to Atromitos at 2:15am on Sunday.

Aris returned to winning ways last time out after they saw off Larissa on Thursday morning (AEDT) and are sitting in 2nd once again ahead of their clash with 6th placed Atromitos.

Elsewhere, Apostolos Giannou and his OFI Crete will take on Apollon Smirnis at 12am on Monday.

Crete will be favourites to take all three points from this fixture given their recent record which has seen them collect consecutive wins.

Over to the Netherlands where Daniel Arzani will be hoping to make it out onto the pitch for FC Utrecht when they meet ADO Den Haag at 12:30am on Monday.

The Socceroos winger has largely been confined to the bench for most of the season but has largely impressed in his Cup appearances to date.

In the Serbian SuperLiga, Milos Degenek’s FK Crvena Zvezda will go head to head against Zlatibor at 2am on Monday.

Degenek’s side are expected to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they take on the 16th placed outfit.

Aziz Behich will be featuring for Turkish SuperLig side Kayserispor when they travel to Goztepe on Saturday with kick off set for 9:30pm.

Behich’s side are undefeated in their last three matches in all competitions but still sit in one of the four relegation places ahead of their match with Goztepe.

Heading to Japan where Mitch Langerak’s Nagoya Grampus will face off against Kashiwa Reysol at 4pm on Saturday.

The Aussie shot stopper is in red hot form currently and comes into this fixture on the back of breaking a club record after he registered a record-breaking 14th clean sheet in his last J League appearance.

His team sit in 3rd position with three rounds still to be played and are firmly in contention to seal one of the AFC Champions League places on offer.

Mitch Duke will be lining up for Saudi club Al-Taawoun when they make the trip to Al Batin at 1:35am on Sunday.

Duke’s side are unbeaten in their last three Pro League encounters and could enter the top half of the table if they manage to take all three points from their upcoming opponents who sit just behind them in 9th.

Brandon Borrello’s Fortuna Dusseldorf will be hosting Darmstadt in their 2. Bundesliga affair which is set to get underway at 4:30am on Saturday.

Fortuna were put to the sword last time out after they were thumped 5-0 at Bochum.

That heavy defeat saw them drop to 12th on the table with just 11 points recorded from their nine matches this season.

In the English League One, Bailey Wright will be in the heart of defence for Sunderland when they entertain Wigan Athletic at 2am on Sunday.

Bailey Wright

The Black Cats form has faltered of late with no wins in six attempts and three consecutive 1-1 draws ahead of Wigan’s visit.

However, all three points this weekend could still see them in with a chance of sneaking into the top six.

Kenny Dougall and his Blackpool have a showdown with nearby Fleetwood Town with kick off scheduled for 2am on Sunday.

Blackpool have slowly been making their way up the league standings and knocked off promotion hopefuls Portsmouth in their last match.