Australia currently sits at the top of the table having won against New Zealand (2-0) and Korea Republic (4-1) in their two previous matches. 

However, Argentina is down the other end of the table, having lost both games to Korea Republic (5-0) and New Zealand (2-0). 

The history between the two teams is quite small. They've played each other just once previously but that was back in 1995 for the Havelange Trophy in Brazil. 

Australia has played South American sides a number of times before with their most recent encounter being Chile but they also come up against Brazil at the Women's World Cup in June. However, looking at these two teams its noticeable that playing regular international matches has helped them gain experience and grow on the international stage.

Unfortunately, Argentina is on the back foot due to a lack of game time. In 2017, they played just one match, which was against Chile and while they were able to play more matches since then playing nine in 2018, it is rare they will play national teams from outside of the Americas.

Meanwhile, the Matildas played 11 games in 2017 and last year played 23. 

So already there is a stark difference in the amount of international experience each side has going into this match. 

Key Players

Australia: Emily van Egmond (Midfield)

It could be an important game for the Newcastle Jets captain who has a lot to prove this game. After spending the end of the W-League on the sidelines with an ankle injury, it was going to tough coming into a tournament with limited match fitness.

Van Egmond was placed in a central midfielder position in the last match, which isn't typically where she plays. If this is where van Egmond is set to play under Ante Milicic, it's going to be a position that is extremely important to the squad as the Matildas head towards France.

Argentina: Mariana Larroquette (Forward)

The 26-year-old was impressive in her side's loss to New Zealand on Sunday in Brisbane. She was able to create chances for Argentina in amongst a strong Kiwi defence with her pace and skill on the ball. The team is yet to score a goal in this tournament so will be looking to get one against one of the top nations in the world. 

What to expect

It could be a one-way game or it could be a surprise.

The Matildas have a potent attack no matter who they start with and it could be hard to contain them if Argentina isn't able to rectify defensive errors from the previous two games. Australia will latch onto any mistake and try to use it to their full advantage. 

At the other end of the park, Australia could have a shake-up in defence.

Ellie Carpenter and Clare Polkinghorne have both played full minutes in the two previous games with Teigen Allen yet to play. Alanna Kennedy missed the Korea Republic match with sore calves but coach Ante Milicic won't want to risk her if this is still an issue. While Gema Simon was sporting an ice pack after the match in Brisbane.

The Matildas defence has been an interesting talking point throughout the tournament. They have to be on the ball at all times and can't have lapses in judgment or be caught out. The Argentine forwards will take their chances when they have them and they did come close a couple of times against New Zealand.  

Match details 

Matchday Three (March 6)
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Game 1: Korea Republic v New Zealand at 3.05pm AEDT
Game 2: Matildas v Argentina at 6.00pm AEDT
LIVE on FoxSports 505, SBSViceland* and My Football Live App

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