Westfield Matildas v Norway: 5 key stats ahead of Algarve Cup opener

The Westfield Matildas take a seven-match winning run into their opening Algarve Cup clash with Norway on Thursday morning (AEDT).

Add one more at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira and they will set a new national team record for successive victories.

The last time Australia won seven in a row - in 2007 - the sequence was ended by a 1-1 draw with none other than Norway.

But with Sam Kerr looking to continue her own unprecedented hot streak, there is every chance Alen Stajcic's side will maintain their incredible form.

Read on for five key facts and stats ahead of the Westfield Matildas' return to action.

  • The Matildas are undefeated in their last two games against Norway, picking up a 2-1 victory when they last met at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • Matchday will mark just one day shy of a year that the Matildas were last defeated in regular time, losing their opening game of the 2017 Algarve Cup to Sweden 1-0.
  • Norway will be looking to win back-to-back games in the Algarve Cup for the first time since 2012 and 2013 when they beat Wales (3-0) and Japan (2-0).
  • Norway conceded 61 fouls in four games at the 2017 Algarve Cup, 10 more than any other team at the tournament (Australia 42).
  • Sam Kerr has scored 11 goals in her last six international appearances, netting a brace in each of her last three.
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