Aussies Abroad Preview: Gielnik's Bayern in crunch Frauen-Bundesliga tie
A busy week for Emily Gielnik and Bayern Munich begins with a top of the table Bundesliga clash against Hoffenheim this Saturday evening.
Third-placed Bayern travel to the Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion at 10pm AEDT to face second-placed Hoffenheim looking to keep pace with Frauen-Bundesliga leaders Wolfsburg at the German summit.
Gielnik has enjoyed a promising start to life for the Bavarians and featured in the club's 4-0 hammering of Duisburg last time out as a second-half substitute.
Following Saturday's league tie against Hoffenheim, the Westfield Matildas' attention will turn toward Kazakhstan powerhouse BIIK Kazygurt in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.
In England, Jacynta Galabadaarachchi's West Ham United are in action against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday, 12am. The Londoners are currently eighth on the Women's Super League ladder having posted a win and two defeats.
Alex Chidiac's Atletico Madrid have a UEFA Champions League tie against Manchester City to look forward to next Thursday, but first up is a league clash away to Levante this Sunday at 1am.
Madrid coach José Luis Sánchez Vera stepped down from his post on October 8 due to personal reasons with Chidiac's side in third place on the ladder.
Across in Italy, Lisa De Vanna's Fiorentina are in action against Tavagnacco at 12am on Sunday. De Vanna's side have a loss and win to their name so far.
In Norway, Tamek Yallop and Klepp are gearing up for a home tie against Stabaek. Klepp are fourth on the Toppserien table with four match days remaining.
Aivi Luik's Avaldsnes travel to league leaders LSK at 11pm on Saturday.
National Women's Soccer League
The final make up of the National Women's Soccer League table is almost set in stone, but there's still a third-place finish up for grabs for the Westfield Matildas of Portland Thorns and Reign FC.
Hayley Raso, Ellie Carpenter and Caitlin Foord's Portland currently occupy third position, and a point against Washington Spirit this Sunday will secure third and tee up a Playoff date with Sam Kerr's Chicago Red Stars, who have locked up second place, on October 21.
It won't be straightforward against a Washington Spirit side boasting Westfield Matildas Amy Harrison, Chloe Logarzo and Elise Kellond-Knight. That clash kicks off at 1.30pm AEDT.
Meanwhile, Steph Catley and Lydia Williams' Reign FC travel to Orlando Pride looking to post three points that will lift them above Portland should the Thorns slip up against Washington.
Reign take on Orlando - the team of Alanna Kennedy - on Sunday, 10.30am AEDT.
The fourth-placed NWSL team will face 2019 Shield winners North Carolina Courage in the Playoffs on October 21.
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