Caltex Socceroos winger Awer Mabil will again be one of FC Midtjylland’s key attacking weapons as the new Danish Superliga season gets underway this weekend.
Mabil – who scored six goals in 30 appearances for Midtjylland last season – is set to start in Saturday morning’s (AEST) home clash against Esbjerg.
Kenneth Anderson’s Midtjylland finished second in the Superliga last season and will be intent on challenging for the title again. This weekend’s season-opener kicks-off at 3am.
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While Mabil is involved in the first match of the opening round, there could be two Aussies involved in the final clash.
Mustafa Amini and new teammate Alex Gersbach travel to Hobro with their AGF Aarhus on Tuesday morning (kick-off at 3am).
Taggart eyeing more goals
He’s just shot to the top of the goalscorers charts in the K-League and Adam Taggart won’t want his hot-streak to end against Sangju Sangmu on Sunday night (AEST).
The Caltex Socceroos striker is coming off an impressive brace in Suwon’s 3-2 win over Incheon United in midweek.
It’s taken his tally to 11 goals in just 20 appearances in all competitions for Suwon since making the switch from Brisbane Roar in February.
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It’s a good thing that Taggart is in such a rich vein of form as this is a crucial game for Suwon.
They are currently sitting in sixth position – which is the last Championship playoff position – just one point ahead of Sunday’s opponents.
The match at Sangju Stadium kicks off at 8pm (AEST).
Can Nabbout halt Yokohama’s momentum?
Andrew Nabbout will hope to get one over former boss Ange Postecoglou when his Urawa Red Diamonds travel to Yokohama on Saturday night.
The Caltex Socceroos striker missed Urawa’s win over Vegalta Sendai last weekend but started the two previous matches and will be hopeful of playing a part against the J-League’s second-placed side.
Currently sitting in 10th spot, Urawa need a win to remain in touch with the top sides in what is shaping as an incredibly tight J-League season.
Meanwhile, Mitch Langerak’s Nagoya Grampus will be out to snap a seven-game winless run in the J-League when they travel to Cerezo Osaka.
After a sensational start to the season, the wheels have fallen off Nagoya who have dropped to ninth spot.
Both matches kick-off at 8pm on Saturday night (AEST).
Sounders looking to consolidate
Brad Smith’s Seattle Sounders can take another significant step towards the Major League Soccer Playoffs when they head to Atlanta United on Monday morning 5.55am (AEST).
The Sounders are currently third in the Western Conference thanks to last weekend’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Columbus Crew.
Smith – who is on loan from Premier League club Bournemouth – played the full 90 minutes last weekend in his 16th appearance of the campaign in which he has contributed four assists.