Aussies abroad weekend preview: Ryan set sights on PL giant

There are top-of-the-table clashes and relegation battles facing our overseas Aussies in England, Europe and Asia.

With time running out to impress the national team coach, every minute matters for the current crop and fringe hopefuls alike.

Take a look at what's ahead this weekend.

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Brighton and Hove Albion have enjoyed a positive run of results and will need another super performance from star shot-stopper Mat Ryan to repel the visiting Arsenal.

Though their star-studded attack features the likes of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners have been wildly inconsistent of late and could find it tough at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls, conversely, are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions and could climb into the Premier League's top half with a shock victory.

Meanwhile, Aaron Mooy will remain sidelined for Huddersfield Town's trip to face Tottenham but coach David Wagner has confirmed he'll return to training after the weekend.

That match will be broadcast live on SBS (Sunday 2:00am AEDT), while you can catch Ryan's clash with Arsenal on Optus Sport (Monday 12:30am AEDT).


Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa will expect to stay in touch with the Championship's automatic promotion places when they welcome Massimo Luongo and Queens Park Rangers (Sunday 2:00am AEDT).

Villa are just four points behind second-placed Cardiff City, while Luongo's men are looking to bounce back from a heavy home defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

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Elsewhere, Tim Cahill is aiming to force his way onto the pitch alongside compatriot James Meredith as in-form Millwall host struggling Sunderland (2:00am AEDT).

Cahill, who has made three substitute appearances since re-joining his former club, enjoys a good record against the Black Cats and memorably scored against them in an FA Cup semi-final in 2004.

Jackson Irvine has come to the fore for Hull City in recent weeks and is looking to make it three unbeaten in a visit to Ipswich Town, while Bristol City captain Bailey Wright will be eager to break back into the playoff places with a positive result at Sheffield Wednesday (both 2:00am Sunday AEDT).

Tim Cahill Sunderland
Tim Cahill scored against a memorable goal against Sunderland in his first Millwall stint.


The pick of the lower division action sees Callum Elder's promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic head to League One leaders Blackburn Rovers (Sunday 11:00pm AEDT).

Brad Inman and play-off hopefuls Peterborough United, led by new boss Steve Evans, face a similarly tough assignment at second-placed Shrewsbury (Sunday 2:00am).


After holding Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich to a scoreless draw last week, Mathew Leckie's Hertha Berlin will be brimming with confidence going into their match against third-placed Schalke (Sunday 1:30am AEDT).

Though comfortable in 11th, Leckie's side will be keen to improve on a run of only one win in seven. 

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In 2. Bundesliga, Brandon Borrello - who boasts two goals in his last three - spearheads Kaiserslautern at home to Union Berlin (Saturday 4:30am AEDT).

Over in Scotland and Tom Rogic should continue his comeback from injury in Celtic's Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with second-tier Greenock Morton (11:30pm Saturday AEDT).

Tom Rogic
Tom Rogic is line for a second straight start.

Three points will be on offer for Tomi Juric and Luzern in Switzerland as they welcome bottom-placed Sion (Monday 2:00am AEDT).

In Turkey, Aziz Behich's Bursaspor will attempt to halt a lean run at home to Kayserispor (Saturday 4:00am AEDT).

Conversely, goalkeeper Danny Vukovic can go six unbeaten in all competitions with Belgian side Genk if they avoid defeat against Waasland-Beveren (Sunday 6:00am AEDT).

And in nearby Netherlands, Brad Jones will hope to help Feyenoord back to winning ways in the league in their trip to NAC Breda (Sunday 6:45am AEDT).

Sparta Rotterdam pair Craig Goodwin and Kenny Dougall host ADO Den Haag (Monday 12:30am AEDT).

Kenny Dougall is hoping to catch the eye of Bert van Marwijk.


Mitch Langerak enjoyed a winning start to life with Nagoya Grampus last time out and hope he'll to make it two from two at home to Jubilo Iwata on Saturday (4:00pm AEDT).

Elsewhere in Japan, Milos Degenek and new Yokohama F Marinos boss Ange Postecoglou head to Kashiwa Reysol tonight in search of a first win (9:30pm AEDT).