Caltex Socceroos in action: weekend preview
While some leagues head into hibernation, there are plenty of Caltex Socceroos still chasing important points this weekend.
Here's a look at the festive football ahead of several of our Aussies abroad.
PREMIER LEAGUE PAIR
Fresh from his double in the 4-1 thumping of Watford, Aaron Mooy and Huddersfield Town head to fellow mid-table team Southampton on Sunday morning (AEDT).
Mat Ryan will be hoping to take advantage of the confidence blow Mooy inflicted on Watford as his Brighton and Hove Albion welcome the Hornets to Amex Stadium.
WRIGHT, LUONGO CLASH IN CHAMPIONSHIP
Bailey Wright enjoyed a dream EFL Cup upset of Manchester United in midweek but it's back to the reality of the Championship grind on the weekend.
The defender has plenty of incentive to chalk up another victory as he goes head-to-head with Australia teammate and QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo at Loftus Road.
Elsewhere, Jackson Irvine will hope to help Hull City return to winning ways in a Yorkshire derby at Leeds United while Mile Jedinak continues his return from injury in Aston Villa's clash with Sheffield United.
AUSSIES IN EUROPE
With two matches to come before the winger break, Aziz Behich will be looking to gain ground on the top four as Bursaspor host Genclerbirligi in Turkey's Super Lig.
The wing-back is his team's top scorer in the league with five goals.
Nikita Rukavytsya is aiming for similar productivity in Maccabi Haifa's tough trip to Israeli Premier League leaders Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
DEGENEK IN DO-OR-DIE CUP ACTION
Milos Degenek and his Japanese outfit Yokohama F Marinos can go a step closer to continental football with an Emperor's Cup semi-final at home to Kashiwa Reysol.
The tournament winner qualifies for the AFC Champions League, which would be a welcome boost for incoming coach Ange Postecoglou.
Meanwhile, over in the UAE, Ryan McGowan's Al-Sharjah will attempt to snap a four-game winless run in a League Cup trip to Al-Wasl.
Cahill's Jamshedpur remain unbeaten in Indian Super League
Tim Cahill’s unbeaten start to life in the Indian Super League has continued with his Jamshedpur drawing 1-1 with ATK overnight. In his first home appearance for his new club, Australia’s greatest-ever goalscorer started in attack and played 74 minutes before he was substitute
Aussies Abroad: Milestone moment for Leckie in Bundesliga
Mathew Leckie has reached an impressive milestone after again featuring for Hertha Berlin as they continued their strong start to the season in the Bundesliga. The Caltex Socceroos winger came off the bench for the last 28 minutes as Hertha drew 1-1 with Freiburg in Berlin.
Aussies Abroad: Rogic stars in clash of Caltex Socceroos, Ryan and Mabil impress
In-form Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic produced a man-of-the-match performance in Celtic’s 4-2 Scottish Premiership win over Hibernian on Sunday morning (AEDT). Rogic - who netted in Australia’s 4-0 friendly win over Kuwait on Tuesday - scored an outstanding goal and then pro
Milicic ‘extremely proud’ of Young Socceroos comeback
Young Socceroos boss Ante Milicic praised his side’s “strong Australian mentality” after they battled back to salvage a 1-1 draw in their AFC U-19 Championship opener against Korea Republic. Melbourne City’s Ramy Najjarine came off the bench to score a stunning 89th-minute equ