Aussies Abroad Preview: Boyle and Irvine prepare for the Scottish Cup semi-finals as Socceroos battle it out in Japan
In Aussies Abroad Action this weekend, Mitch Langerak and Adam Taggart are competing in the J.League for the first time, while Martin Boyle and Jackson Irvine can look forward to a semi-final in the Scottish Cup.
A mammoth fight is waiting for you Irvine and Boyle‘s Hibernian when they face Dundee United in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park on Saturday.
A penalty shoot-out triumph sealed the game two weeks ago, but that was sandwiched between a bad league loss to St. Johnstone.
If they win, they could face St. Johnstone or St. Mirren in the final.
We’ll have two Socceroos competing against each other in Japan Langerak‘s Nagoya Grampus entertain TaggartCerezo Osaka on Saturday afternoon.
Langerak’s team have received a reality check in the last two games, which has gone twice to leaders Kawasaki Frontale.
They remain in second place on the leaderboard but their lead has been reduced to just three points, with third-placed Sagan Tosu having a game in hand over the Australian side.
Meanwhile, Taggart played 40 minutes on his Cerezo debut when they recorded a 1-1 stalemate in their derby against Gamba.
The Socceroos forward is still building on full fitness but he could prove to be a handful for his Australian compatriot next Saturday.
Brad Smith will try to build on his eye-catching start to the season for Seattle Sounders when they take on tough rivals Portland Timbers on Sunday night in the MLS.
The Socceroos defender has been named on the MLS team for weeks in a row for his newfound scoring goals that have put him on top scorers in the last two games.
In the English Premier League Maty Ryan could be between the sticks for Arsenal as they host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
The Socceroos shot-stopper scored his first goal for the Gunners when they beat Newcastle United 2-0 last weekend.
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A clash on the table is waiting for you but Mabil as his Midtjylland trip to the first-placed Brondby on Sunday in the Danish Superligaen.
Mabil had an almost immediate impact from the bench in the 3-0 win last time around as he provided support for the ultimate goal.
Meanwhile, Zach Duncan I hope I have a few minutes left when AGF Aarhus meets Randers.
The final game day of the championship is just around the corner, which means it will be the last time our two Aussies will be in action.
Harry SouttarThe campaign ends at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth. A top-half finish is out of the question for Stoke, but they could still dampen the cherries’ camp ahead of their playoffs.
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Elsewhere, Riley McGree will end his season with Birmingham City when they go to Blackburn Rovers.
In the Bundesliga Ajdin HrusticEintracht Frankfurt returns against Mainz on Sunday.
Brandon Borrello will try to score two goals in as many games as his Fortuna Düsseldorf host Eintracht Braunschweig in the 2nd Bundesliga on Saturday.
The Australian winger came off the bench to score his first goal for Düsseldorf in a 3-2 win over Karlsruhe on Monday evening.
In some unfortunate news, James JeggoThe season could be over after sustaining an injury in his side’s 1-1 draw with Olympiacos on Wednesday night.
The celebrations could already be in full swing Milos DegenekCrvena Zvezda, but there are three more games on the calendar before the Serbian SuperLiga season ends.
His side sealed their fourth straight title last week before backing it up with a 2-2 stalemate against Rad Beograd on Wednesday night.
In their next game on Sunday they will face the low-lying Zlatibor.
On the way to the premier league where Bailey WrightSunderland went on a date with Northampton on the final round of the regular season.
The Black Cats are already guaranteed a playoff spot, but they could swap places with the fifth Lincoln if they fail the job against Northampton and Lincoln can claim victory in their match.
Kenny Dougall and his Blackpool are pretty much in third place as they prepare for a home game against the already relegated Bristol Rovers.
A win would secure them third place, but depending on results elsewhere, they might only be fifth.
Next on the agenda for Turkish Aziz Behich is a home game against Gaziantep on Saturday.
His Kayserispor are unbeaten in the last two league games, but that has by no means guaranteed them security with only one point and one place separating them from the relegation zone.
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Aaron Mooy scored one goal for Shanghai Port when they drew 1-1 in their derby against Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday night.
The Socceroos midfielder did a solo run from the center into Shenhua’s half before releasing a bumpster that flew into the top corner.
His stunning goal did not prove to be the winning goal as the rivals rained on their save as they equalized from the penalty spot in stoppage time of the second half.
One point is enough to see his side stay high on the table ahead of the Changchun Yatai clash on Tuesday night.