Thursday will see the second leg of Chelsea Women’s UWCL quarter-final match against the defending European champions Lyon Women at Stamford Bridge.
In their recent match against Lyon Women in the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final, Guro Reiten’s goal in the 28th minute proved decisive in securing a 1-0 win for Chelsea.
However, their performance took a toll on them in their next match against Manchester City, where they suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to their title rivals.
Despite this setback, the Blues remain in contention for the Women’s Super League title, currently sitting in third place, just a point behind Manchester City and Manchester United, who have played one more game.
Looking ahead, Chelsea will now focus on their European campaign and be confident in their chances of progressing to the next round of the Champions League.
Chelsea Women UWCL Form: W D W W W
Lyon is the current record-holder of the UEFA Women’s Champions League with eight titles. However, they face a tough challenge on Thursday as they try to secure a spot in the next round of the competition.
Lyon’s recent 6-0 victory over Guingamp was a confidence booster for their upcoming encounter. Signe Bruun’s two goals, combined with strikes from Vicki Becho, Ada Hegerberg, Eugenie Le Sommer, and Danielle van de Donk, ensured Les Fenottes remain one point ahead of Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Division 1 Feminine table.
Lyon’s impressive track record in the Champions League quarter-finals, having only failed to progress from one out of their 13 appearances, should also provide some comfort for the team. However, they must perform well to secure their place in the next round.
Lyon Women UWCL Form: W W W D L
Unfortunately, the trio of Pernille Harder, Katerina Svitkova, and Fran Kirby remain sidelined with injuries.
Moreover, Erin Cuthbert, who played against Manchester City, was forced off during the second half due to an injury, and there is a likelihood she may not feature in the upcoming match.
On a positive note, the Blues are optimistic about the return of Millie Bright, who missed their last game due to an injury she picked up in their match against Lyon.
The French team will need three key players – Griedge Mbock, Amandine Henry, and Catarina Macario – all struggling with injuries.
Chelsea Women’s expected starting lineup:
Berger; Perisset, Buchanan, Bright, Carter; Leupolz, Ingle; James, Fleming, Reiten; Kerr
Lyon Women’s expected starting lineup:
Endler; Carpenter, Gilles, Renard, Bacha; Horan, Egurrola, Marozsan; Cascarino, Dabritz, Le Sommer
Head to Head
Chelsea Women and Olympique Lyonnais Women have faced each other four times in competitive matches.
Among those games, Chelsea Women has won one, Lyon Women has won one, and two games have ended in a draw.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 07:00 pm, UTC
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Lyon Women has an impressive European record and rarely falters at the quarter-final stage. Still, the upcoming match against Chelsea Women promises to be challenging for the French team.
Chelsea Women has had an excellent season so far, winning all 12 of their competitive home games, which is a testament to their strength and consistency. They have a deep squad with exceptional players who can instantly change the course of a game.
Chelsea Women has what it takes to claim another victory in the upcoming match and progress to the semi-finals.