The two teams have faced each other on six separate occasions with their first meeting dating back to 1997 and their most decent being at the 2017 Algarve Cup.

In that match, Emily Gielnik managed to score twice, including a memorable goal from a corner, while Alanna Kennedy bagged the third in the opening 45 minutes.

The Netherlands mounted a comeback after two goals in four minutes from Vivianne Miedema and Sherida Spitse which saw scores at 3-2. However, some sensational saves from Lydia Williams late on to ensure Australia held on to their lead.

With the game taking place just six days before the opening World Cup match, there is everything to play for.

It will be the final time teams get the chance to try their tactics, starting XI's and formations in a competitive match. 

Key Players

Steph Catley (Australia)

Since heading to the United States for the NWSL season with Reign FC, Catley has only played once. She's been on the sideline for the first five games with a calf strain which was a worrying sign for Matildas fans. The 25-year-old is the number one choice for that left-back role in the starting lineup.

However, is that spot in jeopardy due to her lack of match fitness? Hopefully, she will get on the park because the combination for Ellie Carpenter, Clare Polkinghorne, Kennedy and Catley is the best Australia have at the back.

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands)

There is no denying just how good Miedema has been in the last six months. The PFA Player of the Year netted 22 goals and found 10 assists in 19 appearances for Arsenal in the 2018-19 FA WSL season. In the last friendly match for the Netherlands in April, the 22-year-old picked up her 100th international goal, with 57 of those coming for the national team.

What to expect

The game will be a real test for the Matildas defence and to see if Ante Milicic has been able to tweak the tactics at the back after leaking five goals against the USA.

It's been harped on about throughout the last 12 months but the defence has been a sore point for Australia. The Matildas can score, there is no denying that with the firepower of Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord, but it's at the back where teams can also win games.

For the Netherlands, they come into the game with three wins, two losses (Spain and Poland) and draw (China PR) in 2019.

So it's a match that could go either way. 

However, one thing is for sure with a massive crowd expected at Philips Stadium with 25,000 tickets sold.


Netherlands v Australia
Kick-off: June 1 6:15pm (local); June 2, 2:15am (AEST)
Philips Stadium, Eindhoven
LIVE on Fox Sports and SBS