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The Matildas take on Chile in the second of a two-match friendly series at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8pm (AEDT).
Goals in both halves from Australian captain Samantha Kerr gave the Matildas a hard-fought win in the opening match between these teams on Saturday afternoon at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.
Chile pulled a goal back late, yet the Australians held on in what was another valuable hit out for the team.
February and March will see the Matildas undertake a qualifying campaign for the 2020 Olympics that will follow just months later and coach Ante Milicic is using this series as a final prelude to what will be a tricky task to qualify.
Phase three should be a doddle, yet the final phase will see the women’s national team up against the best Asia has to offer.
Australia did look the better team on Saturday, dominating possession and asking serious questions of the Chilean defence. However, the visitors had their moments and are more than capable of winning should the Australians fail to convert chances, and Chile are able to strike on the counter.
Tonight’s match will provide Milicic with the opportunity to shuffle his squad around and present opportunities to players he is watching closely. It will be interesting to see how he approaches the attacking third. In the opening match, Kerr and Caitlin Foord appeared all over each other’s heels as Chile sat back.
Unlocking the key to breaking down defences in Asia could be pivotal when it comes to the qualifiers. Milicic will undoubtedly be focussing on that tonight and will expect to see the net bulge on multiple occasions.
The Matildas should be too strong for Chile once again and I’m expecting at least three goals from them.
Matildas 4, Chile 1
Where: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
When: 8pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Matildas $1.17, Draw $6.00, Chile $15.00
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