Matildas vs China: Football international friendly live scores, blog

154 Have your say

    Australia and China meet at AAMI Park in Melbourne, in what should be a competitive contest between two powerful international teams. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEDT).

    The Matildas are coming off some excellent form against the visiting Brazilians a few months back and will look to keep the momentum.

    The Chinese have won seven, drawn two and lost four in 2017, and currently sit at number 13 in the world rankings. The Matildas had their measure in the Algarve Cup earlier in the year, grinding out a 2-1 win after trailing at halftime.

    This time around, the Australians go in as favourites on the back of their best ever position – sixth in the FIFA rankings – yet this game will be about more than just stats.

    As two of the best teams in Asia and considering the growth of women’s football, chances are this pair will meet each other many times in future years. Dominance across the two friendlies would make a strong statement, particularly with a World Cup looming.

    With the W-League season in full swing, the Australians will be fit and primed, and the depth in their squad will test the visitors.

    Prediction
    In a game where goals should be scored, the Matildas will prevail in a tight one.

    Australia 2-1 China

    Catch all the action on The Roar, live from 7:30pm (AEDT).

    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.