Aussies Abroad Preview: Taggart primed for Cup final

As we approach another weekend of club football, a chance to take home some silverware headlines our Socceroos' upcoming fixtures!

After scoring in Cerezo Osaka’s 3-0 win in the Emperor’s Cup Quarter Final on Wednesday, Adam Taggart is looking ominous heading into this weekend's League Cup Final against the same opposition.

Cerezo will face Nagoya Grampus for the second time in three days, with the final kicking off at 3.05pm (AEDT) on Saturday afternoon. 

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Switching to France, Denis Genreau’s table-topping Toulouse FC will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face Guincamp on Sunday morning at 12am (AEDT).

Over in Germany, Jackson Irvine’s FC St. Pauli can make it four consecutive wins in all competitions when they travel to SV Werder Bremen on Saturday evening at 10.30pm (AEDT).

Staying in Germany, but moving up to the Bundesliga, where Adjin Hrustic’s Eintracht Frankfurt are set to do battle with RB Leipzig on Sunday morning at 3.30am (AEDT).

To Scotland, where Martin Boyle’s Hibernian will be looking to avoid drifting towards the midtable when they travel to bottom side Ross County on Sunday morning at 1am (AEDT).

Tom Rogic’s Celtic will be looking to make it seven straight wins in all competitions when they host Livingston at Celtic Park on Sunday morning at 1am (AEDT).

Hoops fans will be sweating on the fitness of the elegant Australian after he came off with an injury midweek after a strong first-half performance against Boyle's Hibs.

Over in the England Championship, Callum Elder’s Hull City will be desperate to break a three-game losing streak when they do battle with fourth-placed Coventry City on Sunday morning at 1am (AEDT).

Meanwhile, at the same time, Harry Souttar’s Stoke City will be determined to break their own run of three games without a win when they face Cardiff City.

Staying in the Championship, where Kenny Dougall’s eleventh-placed Blackpool host fellow midtable side Sheffield United on Sunday morning at 1am (AEDT).

To Belgium, where Trent Sainsbury’s KV Kortrijk will be looking to break into the top six when they face Standard de Liège on Sunday morning at 3.30am (AEDT).

In the Belgian second division, Daniel Arzani’s Lommel SK can potentially move into second with a win over RWDM, with kick-off scheduled for 6am (AEDT) on Monday morning.

To Serbia, where Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade need to respond to a midweek loss if they are to keep pace with league leaders Partizan.

Red Star host Radnicki 1923 on Sunday evening at 11.30pm (AEDT) and will have one eye looking towards Awer Mabil’s FC Midtjylland whom they face in the Europa League next week.

Mabil meanwhile, will be in action in a crunch game for Midtjylland’s title hopes when they travel to third-placed Randers on Monday morning at 12am (AEDT).

To Turkey, where fullback Aziz Behich’s Giresunspor can potentially go unbeaten in five games if they avoid defeat against Antalyaspor on Tuesday morning at 4am (AEDT).

Maty Ryan’s Real Sociedad can remain top of La Liga if they claim all three points by defeating Athletic Club on Monday morning at 7am.

Ryan stole the show on his second start for the club against Celta Vigo on Friday morning, taking home man of the match honours for a superb collection of saves in La Real's 2-0 win. 

In the J.League Division 2, Mitchell Duke’s Fagiano Okayama can edge closer to the top half of the table with a win against Niigata on Sunday afternoon at 3pm (AEDT).

The hard working frontman will miss this weekend's match through suspension but it working hard behind the scenes to come back for Fagiano's next home fixture.

To the Greek Super League, where James Jeggo’s Aris Thessaloniki can make it an extraordinary 14 games unbeaten, when they travel to AEK Athens on Monday at 4.30am (AEDT).

Finally, in Holland’s Eredivisie, Danny Vukovic's NEC Nijmegen host Groningen on Monday morning at 12.30am (AEDT).