Sweden a familiar face at Olympic competition for the Matildas

Australia and Sweden just love meeting at international tournaments. 

When it comes to the two truly international competitions in women's football - the Olympics and the FIFA Women's World Cup - the two nations face off frequently. 

In fact, Sweden is Australia's second most played opponent in these two tournaments; the Matildas have faced Brazil seven times and today's game will be Australia's sixth against Sweden at major tournaments.

All in all, the Matildas and the Blågult have faced off 12 times in total, beginning in 1995.  Sweden has been dominant in the fixture recording seven victories - five of those have been in either Olympics or FIFA Women's World Cups.

There have been four draws including the teams' most recent encounter in Kalmar in the June window this year. 

Australia's lone win came 24 years ago in Sweden in a friendly. The score was 1-0 on that day with Julie Murray nabbing the winner. 

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A victory today for the Matildas would require a huge effort. Sweden is undefeated in its last 10 matches against Australia.

Moreover, goals don't come easily against the Swedes. The team have never conceded more than one goal in a game against the Matildas in their last 10 matchups. 

A win for either side will go a long way in confirming a spot in the knockout stages of the tournament. It is set to be a fascinating new chapter in these sides' rich history together. 

Australia's match against Sweden kicks off at 6:30pm AEST on Saturday evening.