Packed stands await Matildas in Eindhoven

The Matildas will take on the Netherlands in a World Cup warm-up in Eindhoven on Sunday.
The Matildas will take on the Netherlands in a World Cup warm-up in Eindhoven on Sunday.

A full house awaits the Matildas for their pre-World Cup away friendly against the Netherlands on Sunday (AEST), giving Australia a bumper preparation for their campaign in France.

The Matildas' status as one of the teams to watch at the World Cup has captured the attention of Eindhoven's football-mad locals.

More than 25,000 tickets have been sold for the 35,000-capacity venue, the Philips Stadion, with hopes it will sell out.

For some squad members, the friendly could mean playing in front of the largest crowd of their careers.

Chloe Logarzo, one of the few players picked for the World Cup yet to play under Milicic, said the clash with the Oranjevrouwn would be terrific preparation.

"Especially for the younger ones if they haven't played in front of that many people; it will be a good experience for them," Logarzo said.

"We have got to take it not just as a practice match but really take it in our strides and use it as good leverage (for the World Cup)."

The biggest attendance to a Matildas match in recent years was 52,000 for their 2016 Olympic Games quarter final loss to hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte.

It will also mark a dramatic upswing in preparations after an experimental scratch match with a Turkish under-15 boys side on Saturday.

Ante Milicic fielded the majority of his side in three taxing 30-minute periods against Altinordu FK, played in the searing heat of Antalya, the Turkish resort city the team have called home for 10 days.

The squad was then rewarded with a day off in which players went to the beach, a water park, tried their hand at bowling and simply unwound.

After training on Monday and Tuesday, the Matildas will spend Wednesday on the road as they relocate to the Netherlands.

The Netherlands are reigning European champions, boast world-class striker Lieke Martens and are one of the dark horses for the World Cup.

Defender Clare Polkinghorne said the Matildas wanted to beat the Dutch but the focus remains on their World Cup opener with Italy eight days later.

''Everything is going smoothly. The training is high quality and high intensity. We are all working really hard," she said.

"We got ourselves seeded for the first time which was a massive step for us ... we have got a lot of talented players and the potential to do very well (in France)."

Australian Associated Press