Silverware, promotion, play-offs and relegation – the state of play for each Socceroo
Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan are battling to keep Brighton in the Premier League. Tom Rogic nears another title with Celtic. And can anyone stop Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne’s Sydney FC from roaring to the Hyundai A-League Premiership?
The domestic football season in Europe and at home is reaching a boiling point for Graham Arnold’s Socceroos.
With the business end approaching, there is silverware on the line and cup glory up for grabs, while for some the fight for survival is well and truly on.
And the season is only just getting started in Asia!
Let's take a trip around the globe and check in with our Aussies Abroad, and at home. What lies ahead for the remainder of the campaign?
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Premier League: Mooy and Ryan battle for Premier League survival
Relegation alarm bells are not ringing yet for Brighton & Hove Albion but Graham Potter’s will be keen to secure their safety soon rather than later.
Mooy and Ryan’s side are currently two points off the drop zone, occupied by Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City.
A far superior goal difference of -8 should hold the Seagulls in good stead, although Graham Potter's side are yet to win in 2020 – they have snared good results with high-flying Sheffield United (1-1) and Wolves (0-0) in the past fortnight.
Brighton have nine fixtures remaining this season and with games against Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City on the run home, it is crunch time.
Championship: Irvine, Dougall fight to stay in second tier
Brighton are desperate to avoid playing Championship football next season, but for Hull City and Jackson Irvine, sealing their place in England's second tier has become the focus of the campaign.
Irvine and the Tigers are embroiled in a relegation scrap after four straight defeats in the Championship. City are on 41 points, seven ahead of Kenny Dougall's bottom-placed Barnsley on 34 points.
Adam Federici's Stoke City are looking nervously over their shoulder too. The Potters are 17th, on 42 points – although Federici’s side are currently on a four-match unbeaten run.
Massimo Luongo and Sheffield Wednesday are 15th, on 48 points. If the Owls are to mount an outside dash for a promotion place – currently held by sixth-placed Preston, on 56 points – the time is now.
Brad Smith's Cardiff City are best placed to push for the promotion play-off positions. The Bluebirds are on 54 points, two off sixth-placed Preston North End.
League One: Souttar, Wright target promotion
With second to eighth separated by just three points, the promotion picture in League One could not be any tighter.
Harry Souttar's Fleetwood Town are on 60 points with nine games remaining and looking good for a spot in the play-offs, currently in fifth spot on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run in the league.
Joey's Barton's side are just two points off second-place Rotherham United in an automatic promotion slot.
Bailey Wright's Sunderland dropped to seventh spot after Wednesday's loss to Bristol Rovers with nine rounds of the campaign remaining.
They sit just one point outside the play-off spots - and three points off automatic promotion - in what it is going to be an unpredictable ride home.
Scotland: Rogic hones in on Celtic's nine straight
Celtic and Tom Rogic are 13 points clear of Rangers and on track to secure a record-equalling ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership triumph.
Neil Lennon's side were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 by FC Copenhagen but are still going strong in the Scottish Cup Semi-Finals with a tie against Aberdeen on April 14 to look forward to.
Meanwhile, Martin Boyle's Hibernian lie sixth in the table but have a Scottish FA Cup Semi-Final Edinburgh derby match against Hearts on April 11.
Win that competition, and Hibs would earn a place in the Europa League first qualifying round.
Germany: Europe not out of the question for Borrello
Brandon Borrello's Freiburg are still very much in the mix for European football next season.
Freiburg are eighth in the Bundesliga on 36 points, one behind sixth-placed Schalke 04. Sixth spot in the Bundesliga goes to a Europa League qualifier, while fifth gains entry to the group stage.
Mathew Leckie and Hertha Berlin have staved off the threat of relegation for now, but cannot afford to get complacent for the remainder of the campaign. Leckie's side are on 22 points, six clear of 16th-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf. In Germany, 17th and 18th place are relegated, while 16th goes to a relegation playoff.
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Denmark: Mabil's Midtjylland lead the way
In Denmark, Awer Mabil's FC Midtjylland are 12-points clear of second-placed FC Copenhagen and are on course to qualify for the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round should they win the title.
Mustafa Amini's AGF are placed third by a slender one point in packed chase for a Europa League spot. Second and third place secure a place in the continental competition, while fourth and fifth playoff for the remaining spot.
The rest of Europe: Degenek and Behich lead the way in Serbia and Turkey
Aziz Behich and Istanbul Başakşehir are also top of the Turkish Süper Lig.
Behich’s side lead Trabzonspor by three points with nine matches to play. They also have a Europa League Round of 16 tie with reigning Danish champions FC Copenhagen to contend with over the next fortnight.
Milos Degenek's Red Star Belgrade are on top of the Serbian SuperLiga table. The defending champions hold a lead of 10 points over second-placed Partizan, with five matches remaining.
Trent Sainsbury and Maccabi Haifa are six points off Israeli Premier League leaders Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Second or third will land Sainsbury in the Europa League group stage, first will get them into the Champions League qualifiers.
Apostolos Giannou and AEK Larnaca are sitting in fifth place in Cyprus, making the Championship round as the Cypriot First Division split in two. They are 11 points off the top, and five points off a third place finish, which would earn them a Europa League berth.
James Jeggo's Austria Vienna are in seventh spot on the Austrian Bundesliga table. The Violets are four points off sixth-placed Hartberg, while it is a similar tale of mid-table obscurity of Adjin Hrustic in the Eredivisie.
His FC Groningen outfit are ninth on the ladder – but a late dash toward a Europa League play-off spot is not too far out of reach.
With goalkeeper Danny Vukovic injured for much of the campaign following an Achilles tear, Belgian champions K.R.C Genk slipped to seventh place and missed the cut for the Championship round in the Jupiler Pro League.
Asia: Goodwin firing Al-Wehda toward Champions League
Craig Goodwin and Al-Wehda are in the box seat for an AFC Champions League qualifier position. The newly-promoted Saudi Pro League outfit are currently fourth on the ladder.
Adam Taggart and Suwon Bluewings are waiting to get the K-League season underway, which has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns. The Korea Republic outfit are still in the AFC Champions League but sit bottom of Group G with two defeats from two matches.
Similarly, Mitch Langerak has endured a disrupted start to the J-League campaign because of coronavirus measures. Nagoya Grampus drew the opening game of the season 1-1 with Vegalta Sendai on February 22.
Sydney FC duo Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne are 10 points clear in the Premiership race in the Hyundai A-League.
The Sky Blues also have two matches in hand on their next closest rivals – Jamie Maclaren's second-placed Melbourne City.
Sydney have one draw and a loss to their credit in Group H of the Champions League.
Josh Risdon and Mitchell Duke hold hopes of finishing in the top six and at this stage it is Risdon's Western United FC who appear the likelier.
The competition newcomers currently sit sixth ahead of Western Sydney Wanderers in eighth – although the Red and Black do have a game in hand.
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