AFC Women's Asian Cup: Matildas v Jordan
Interim Head Coach Alen Stajcic has made no secret of the depth of talent at his disposal, particularly with the heat and humidity in Vietnam, and he intends to utilise it to full effect against the Jordanians as he appears set to make 10 changes to the starting XI that played on Wednesday night.
Only right back Teigen Allen will front up again from game one.
Stajcic is convinced the girls that come in have the potential to perform and inflict Jordan’s second defeat of the competition after they went down 3-1 to Vietnam in their opening match.
His unwavering belief in his group is emphasised by the fact that of the line-up that is expected to start, three players – Nicola Bolger, Emma Checker and Teresa Polias – have just six senior international appearances between them.
“There will probably be 10 changes to the team, and on top of those, Hayley (Raso) and Ash (Sykes) will more than likely come on at some point as well,” Stajcic said.
“Everyone in the squad is pushing for a starting spot and I’ve got confidence in all of them so I’m sure they’ll do the job – there’s really good depth in this group.”
Stajcic made it clear the high turn-over didn't mean the Matildas were taking Jordan any less seriously than World Champions Japan, especially with the top five tournament finishers booking their place at next year’s World Cup
“We can’t afford to be complacent, there’s a World Cup spot at stake so the game against Jordan is critical,” Stajcic said.
“We need two wins in this group phase, we haven’t won one yet, we’ve got two to go and we need to win both to ensure that we go to the World Cup, so we can’t afford to underestimate anyone.
“We’ll do our homework on Jordan and hopefully come out firing on Friday.”
Stajcic believes Jordan will prove a tricky assignment.
"Jordan might play a bit differently against us than they did against Japan and only push one up front so it might be a bit harder to break them down,” he added.
“But we’ll try to attack and create, get the fullbacks overlapping and outnumber them in key areas of the field.
“We don’t want to give a team like Jordan any possibility of getting in the game so the sooner we can get on top of them the better.”
The match can be seen live on Fox Sports 1 and 1HD.
Jordan v Westfield Matildas
Friday 16 May 2014
Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh
Kick-Off: 8.15pm AEST (5.15pm local time)