As the close of most European seasons draws closer, a number of our overseas Aussies are battling out for a place in a higher division or aiming to stay afloat.
Aaron Mooy and Huddersfield Town face a nervous end to the season, sitting just six points above the drop zone with four games remaining. A tough run in sees Mooy take on Everton (H), Manchester City (A), Chelsea (A) and Arsenal (H). They have sprung a few surprises this season so their finishing position is anyone’s guess.
Mat Ryan‘s Brighton sit just one point further ahead as they look to reach the magical 40 point mark in coming matches. Like Mooy, Ryan and his teammates face a tough finish to the season with games against City, Manchester United and Liverpool – three of the current top four.
Mile Jedinak and Aston Villa remain well in the hunt for a return to the Premier League, sitting just four points behind Cardiff City in the second automatic promotion spot. They close out the season against playoff hopefuls Derby County and Millwall, where maximum points are a must if they don’t want to do it the hard way.
Milwall currently sit just outside the playoff positions, in seventh, as James Meredith and Tim Cahill bid to help their side reach the top-flight. They will have to do it without Cahill though who was given a three-match ban earlier in their week. Their promotion hopes may well come down to the final game against Jedinak and Villa on the final day of the season.
After flirting with the play-off positions for much of the season, Bailey Wright and Bristol City would need just about everything to go right in the final two matches. The Robins are five points off the pace in 10th position.
Youngster Ben Folami‘s Ipswich Town will enjoy another season of Championship football as they sit comfortably in mid-table in 14th position.
The same can be said for Mass Luongo‘s Queens Park Rangers (16th) and Jackson Irvine‘s Hull City (18th) who have both steered well clear of the drop zone.
After securing promotion back to the Championship with Wigan Athletic, on loan defender Callum Elder will be keen to ensure his side wraps up the title. The Latics are in prime position to do so as they hold a one-point advantage over Blackburn Rovers with two games to play.
Ryan Williams and Rotherham United will have their shot at returning to the Championship next season having already booked their place in the play-offs with two games to spare.
Cameron Burgess‘ Scunthorpe United are in prime position to make their move for a playoff place. Scunthorpe currently sit in sixth position, two points clear of Plymouth.
While he may be on the sidelines due to a knee injury, Ryan McGowan is cheering as hard as ever with Bradford City still a possibility to clinch a play-off place. They remain within touching distance, five points off Scunthorpe, but they would need things to go their way.
The news is not so good for Bradden Inman and Rochdale who remain in real danger of being relegated, sitting just two points clear of the drop zone heading into the final two matchdays.
After beginning the season in shaky fashion, before a mid-season run that had fans talking promotion Harry Kewell and Crawley Town look set for a respectable mid-table finish.
Former Melbourne Victory defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco and Dover Athletic remain a chance at a play-off position as they sit in ninth position, just two points behind sixth-placed AFC Fylde heading into the final matchday.
Tom Rogic and Celtic look set for another title winning season as they sit 10 points clear with four games remaining. They could clinch the title this weekend with victory in the Old Firm Derby against Rangers.
Jamie Maclaren could have a vital role to play in the final stages of his loan spell with Hibernian in the coming weeks with the club just three points behind Rangers and Aberdeen in the race for Europa League qualification. Maclaren’s parent club SV Darmstadt are in real threat of being relegated from the 2.Bundesliga as they sit in the relegation position as it stands.
A mid-table finish looms for Andy Rose and Motherwell with the club well off the pace in the search of European football.
At the other end of the spectrum, Ryan Edwards and Partick Thistle face a nervous end to the season as they currently sit in the drop zone with four games to play. Although, it must be noted they will only face teams that finished in the bottom half of the table as per the Scottish Premiership divide once teams have played each other on three occasions.
Scott McDonald and Dundee United are set for an exciting end to the season as they prepare to battle it out in the promotion play-offs.
Meanwhile Jack Iredale of Greenock Morton and Lyden Dykes of Queen of the South are set for midtable finishes.