Van Egmond: Matildas' speed can hurt Japan

Midfielder Emily van Egmond believes the Matildas' speed in transition can cause Japan problems in their Women's World Cup quarter-final.

Reigning world champions Japan have conceded just two goals in four games, one of which came late in their 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

Norio Sasaki's team likes to get players back, but van Egmond believes the Matildas have answers.

"They like to get numbers behind the ball, but I think there's areas especially in transition where we can catch them out because it’s no lie to see the speed we've got up front," she said.

"If we can counteract that, I think it'll be a great game."

While the Matildas played their round-of-16 clash on Monday morning (AEST), Japan had to wait until Wednesday to win through.

But Australia had to make the long trip from Moncton back to Edmonton, the scene of the last-eight clash, while Japan had a short journey from Vancouver.

Van Egmond said the longer rest would make little difference.

"We've had six days now to recover and get ready for this game and they've had a pretty quick turnaround, but they're probably used to it, playing the group stages and what have you," she said.

"They're a great team so they're going to be up for the challenge, as are we, and I'm looking forward to it."