Australia looks to continue their perfect start to 2015 when they take on England in their second match of the Cyprus Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Both nations are coming off Round 1 wins with the Larissa Crummer firing the Matildas past the Netherlands 1-0 while England saw off Finland comfortably 3-1.

A win for either side would see them place one foot in the Cyprus Cup final as the winner of Group B.

Changes are anticipated for the Matildas, particularly in the front third where Caitlin Foord, Alanna Kennedy, Kate Gill, Hayley Raso, Ashleigh Sykes and Crummer are all potential starters.

Movement is also expected in the England starting XI with Karen Bardsley (no. 1), Jodie Taylor, Fran Kirby, Steph Houghton, Alex Scott and Jill Scott left out last start.

Australia will be looking for a more consistent performance after a see-sawing match with the Netherlands. Coach Alen Stajcic was pleased with the periods Australia did control but believes they can play better.

"We definitely did a few simple errors in the way we want to play in both our offense and defence," he said.

"So a lot to improve on but a good starting point for us."

One area he was content with was the new look defence of Servet Uzunlar (RB), Clare Polkinghorne (CB), Steph Catley (CB) and Elise Kellond-Knight.

This is a combination that has been in the works for the past couple of months but, as is the nature with Australian women's football, few have had the opportunity to witness it in action.

The pairing of Catley and Kellond-Knight on the left and Polkinghorne and Uzunlar on the right worked well with Davey seeing little to no dangerous action on the night.

"I thought our defence was good," Stajcic noted.

"There were a couple of lapses where let them [the Netherlands] in and had some simple errors.

"However, we haven't kept many clean sheets over the last few years so for us to do that against an opposition like that is pleasing."

Midfield wise Teresa Polias performed a solid screening job particularly in light of the creative talent available to the Dutch.

While going forward, the Matildas will be looking for more fluidity against England and, like they did against the Dutch, look to trouble them with the pace of ball movement and foot speed.

While running out easy 3-1 winners against Finland, England had their own troubles with the Finns controlling the proceedings early before a Lianne Sanderson goal broke their resistance.

The key to this match will be the midfield, particularly in light of the offensive weapons available to each side. How this battle is played out will be contingent on the England formation.

Against their last two Top 10 opponents England have played both expansively (where they were punished against Germany) and compact (where they provided the USA with very little space in behind the defence).

The last time Australia played England was in the lead up to the 2011 Women's World Cup where Collette McCallum brace saw Australia prevail 2-0 in a closed door friendly.

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Australia v England

6 March 2015

GSP Nicosia

Kick off: 17:30 local (2.30am AEDT)

Upcoming Matches

Australia v Finland

9 March 2015

GSZ Larnaca

Kick off: 17:30 local (2.30am AEDT)


Netherlands      0

Australia             1 (Crummer 73?)

4 March 2015

GSZ Larnaca

Kick off: 17:30 local (2.30am AEDT)

Matildas Squad

Laura ALLEWAY, Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), Nicola BOLGER, Stephanie CATLEY, Larissa CRUMMER, Brianna DAVEY (gk), Lisa DE VANNA, Caitlin FOORD, Kate GILL, Katrina GORRY, Michelle HEYMAN, Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, Alanna KENNEDY, Collette McCALLUM, Teresa POLIAS, Clare POLKINGHORNE, Hayley RASO, Gema SIMON, Kyah SIMON, Ashleigh SYKES, Servet UZUNLAR, Emily VAN EGMOND