Caltex Socceroos Aussies Abroad weekend preview

Crucial games in the Premier League, potential debut for Tim Cahill and Tomi Juric returns to competitive action in Switzerland.

There’s a stack of Aussies set to be involved in huge matches right around the globe this weekend and we’ve got you covered with our Aussies Abroad weekend preview.

Here's a look at what's in store for some of our national team stars and hopefuls over the next few days.


With both of their clubs enduring leans spells in the Premier League, both Maty Ryan and Aaron Mooy will be chasing three crucial points as their sides look to pull away from the droop zone.

Mooy’s Huddersfield Town, who have gone seven games without a win, head to Old Trafford for a tough encounter against a wounded Manchester United.

While the Terriers beat the Red Devils earlier in the season, this appears a much tougher assignment, with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez to make his home debut for United.

Ryan’s Brighton stayed kept some distance between themselves (15th) and the bottom three with their draw against Southampton in midweek.

The Seagulls host a rejuvenated West Ham at the Amex Stadium on Sunday morning (AEDT).

Aaron Mooy celebrates scoring against Manchester United.
Aaron Mooy scored in Huddersfield's win over Man Utd earlier this season.


All eyes will be on the Madejski Stadium to see if Cahill will make his debut for the Lions after re-joining the club this week.

The Caltex Socceroos veteran was given a hero’s welcome in midweek’s 0-0 draw with Derby at the Den but will be keen to get down to action for Millwall’s trip to Reading.

James Meredith should again be in the starting side for Millwall.

On Saturday morning (AEDT), Bailey Wright’s Bristol City will be chasing back-to-back wins when they visit struggling Bolton Wanderers.

Fellow promotion-chasing Aussie Mile Jedinak is back from injury and his in-form Aston Villa should make it six Championship wins in a row when they face lowly Burton Albion.

Jackson Irvine’s Hull City face a crucial home match against Preston, needing three points to pull away from the relegation zone, while Massimo Luongo’s QPR take on Barnsley.

Tim Cahill was presented to the fans at Millwall's home clash in midweek.
Tim Cahill was presented to the fans at Millwall's home clash in midweek.


After a long winter break, Juric’s FC Luzern are back in action in Switzerland, with a home clash against Lausanne.

Juric has been in excellent touch in friendlies recently, scoring two goals in Luzern’s last three games.

Aziz Behich’s Bursaspor kick-off the weekend in Turkey with a tricky clash against high-flyers Besiktas.

In Germany, Mathew Leckie’s Hertha Berlin will move into the top half of the Bundesliga table if they can beat Hoffenheim, who are just one point ahead of them.

Robbie Kruse will also be hoping to continue his strong form in 2.Bundesliga when his Bochum go to Dynamo Dresden.

Elsewhere, Danny Vukovic and Genk will want to bounce back from their Belgian Cup semi-final first leg loss in midweek as they go to Royal Mouscron in the league.

Craig Goodwin and Kenneth Dougall host Willem II in a basement battle in the Eredivise, while Mark Birighitti’s NAC Breda are away at Ajax.

And in Scotland, Jamie Maclaren is after more game time as Hibernian go to Rangers, while Tom Rogic could return from injury when Celtic visit Kilmarnock.

Tom Rogic
Will Tom Rogic return from injury for Celtic this weekend?