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Matildas vs. Czech Republic: Time, TV channel, live stream, squads, lineups and team news as Australia begin Cup of Nations campaign

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The Cup of Nations returns this month for the first time since 2019.

Host nation Australia will begin their campaign at the invitational tournament with a match against the Czech Republic.

A strong crowd is expected in Gosford for the clash as the Matildas ramp up preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

MORE: Sam Kerr scores four goals in Chelsea’s WSL Cup thrashing of West Ham

How to watch Australia vs. Czech Republic

Date (AEDT) Time (AEDT) TV Streaming
February 16
7:10 p.m. 10 Bold 10 Play, Paramount+

Australia: This Cup of Nations clash will be televised in Australia on free-to-air via 10 Bold with the match also to be available via streaming services 10 Play and Paramount+.

Matildas Cup of Nations squad

Name Position Club
Mackenzie ARNOLD Goalkeeper West Ham United
Steph CATLEY Back Arsenal 
Alex CHIDIAC Midfielder Melbourne Victory
Kyra COONEY-CROSS Midfielder Hammarby IF
Larissa CRUMMER Forward Brisbane Roar
Caitlin FOORD Forward Arsenal
Mary FOWLER Forward Manchester City
Emily GIELNIK Forward Aston Villa
Katrina GORRY Midfielder Vittsjö GIK
Charlotte GRANT Back Vittsjö GIK
Clare HUNT Back Western Sydney Wanderers
Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT Midfielder Melbourne Victory
Alanna KENNEDY Back Manchester City
Sam KERR Forward Chelsea
Aivi LUIK Back BK Hacken
Teagan MICAH Goalkeeper FC Rosengård
Courtney NEVIN Back Leicester City
Hayley RASO Forward Manchester City
Amy SAYER Midfielder Stanford University
Emily VAN EGMOND Midfielder San Diego Wave FC
Cortnee VINE Forward Sydney FC
Clare WHEELER Midfielder Everton
Tameka YALLOP Midfielder SK Brann
Lydia WILLIAMS Goalkeeper Brighton & Hove Albion

Matildas team news

Tony Gustavsson has named a strong 25-player squad for the Cup of Nations.

Chelsea star Sam Kerr features, along with Arsenal’s Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord.

The Matildas have also been boosted by the return of experienced trio Mackenzie Arnold, Emily Gielnik and Tameka Yallop after their respective injuries.

Also of note is Western Sydney Wanderers defender Clare Hunt, who has earnt her first national team call-up.

Chloe Logarzo – who returned from a ruptured ACL last year – is a surprise omission from the squad.

Further, Olympique Lyonnais defender Ellie Carpenter has not been named as she continues her return from a serious knee injury in France.

Matildas vs. Czech Republic preview and prediction

The Matildas will come into this clash as strong favourites, and deservedly so.

There is no denying the firepower of Kerr and Foord, along with exciting youngster Mary Fowler.

A balance of experience and fresh talent is also evident in the defence and midfield, headlined by the likes of Catley, Charlotte Grant, Emily van Egmond and Kyra Cooney-Cross.

The Czech Republic will be no pushovers, though, remaining undefeated in their past five games.

Kerr’s Chelsea teammate Kateřina Svitková will provide strength to the visitor’s midfield, whilst Atlético Madrid’s Andrea Stašková is an exciting young talent up front.

However, Australia’s talent and squad depth should still likely prove too much for the Czech Republic, particularly with a home crowd cheering them on.

Prediction: Australia 4-1


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