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Womens Champions League round 2 – Arsenal v Slavia Prague tonight

by Andrew Crawshaw

On Tuesday Evening Arsenal Women kick off their second round match in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.  The tie is being played home and away, the first leg at Borehamwood with a 19:30 kick off, the second leg is in Prague on Thursday of next week 9 September with an earlier kickoff at 17:30.

Slavia Prague have qualified directly into the second round by virtue of coming second in their league last year and are one of the five seeded teams giving them home advantage in the second leg.  Their UEFA Coefficient is 52.5 ours being 27.7 (this is because they are habitual qualifiers to the Champions League and we have only been in the competition once in the last five years).

The one time we did qualify we played Slavia Prague winning 8 – 0 at Borehamwood and 5 – 2 in Prague.  Unfortunately we then lost to PSG in the following round.

Slavia have started their domestic season with two comfortable wins 8 – 0 and 4 – 0 on Saturday.  Their team is mostly made up of Czech Nationals with a handful of Slovakians and one Dane.

Squad No Player Nationality DOB
Goalkeepers
1 Olivie Lukášová CZ 04/06/2001
24 Barbora Sladká CZ 06/09/1993
Defenders
20 Diana Bartovičová SLO 20/05/1993
3 Dominika Havoaová CZ 02/05/2003
22 Andrea Jarchovská CZ 10/11/1993
7 Simona Necidová CZ 20/01/1994
5 Veronica Pincová CZ 15/11/1989
Midfielders
14 Lucie Bendová CZ 03/04/2005
11 Franny Černá CZ 22/07/1997
19 Petra Divišová CZ 05/06/1984
6 Michaela Khyroá CZ 30/02/2000
Lenka Kopčová SLO 10/02/1999
9 Chirine Lamti DEN 13/09/1994
23 Martina Šurnovská SLO 10/02/1999
16 Tereza Szewieczková CZ 04/05/1998
12 Denisa Veselá CZ 08/01/1998
Forwards
27 Tereza Kožárová CZ 18/10/1991
8 Kristyna Rüžičková CZ 05/11/2002
17 Gabriela Šlajsová CZ 07/04/2000

They are managed by Michal Kolmazník also from the Czech Republic who is 45 years old.

This game is the first competitive home game for Jonas Eidevell.  So far he has guided us to two friendly wins and the wins in the UEFA round 1 mini tournament in Moscow.

Given our lineup of international players we must be regarded as odds-on to win the game and probably by a significant score.

We still have a number of injured players:-

  • Jordan Nobbs still hasn’t recovered from the ankle injury she got in the pre-season ‘friendly’ against Chelsea (never friendly and often resulting in injured players)
  • Fran Stenson, our No3 goalkeeper, is missing from the squad list completely.  She missed the whole of last season with a thumb injury but there is no further explanation
  • Malin Gut is out with an ACL and probably will return to Switzerland on her recovery.
  • Vicki Schnaderbeck is still out with a knee injury.

Lia Wälti is available having recovered from a calf issue and Leah Williamson is back having missed the Moscow trip for personal reasons

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Our Official squad is

Goalkeepers – 1 Zinsberger, 18 Williams, 28 Cull

Defenders – 3 Wubben-Moy, 4 Patten, 5 Beattie, 6 Williamson, 7 Catley, 16 Maritz, 20 Boye, 22 Schnaderbeck, 29, Goldie

Midfielders – 8 Nobbs, 10 Little, 12 Maanun, 13 Wälti, 23 Iwabuchi

Forwards – 9 Mead, 11 Miedema, 14 Parris, 19 Foord

I would expect us to have the following starting lineup

Zinsberger

Catley, Boye, Williamson, Maritz

Wälti, Iwabuchi, Little (c)

McCabe, Miedema, Mead

Scoreline could be anything but I will be disappointed if it is less than 4 – 1 to Arsenal and we have a target of 8 – 0 to repeat the home result from two years ago.  Scorers – Miedema, Iwabuchi and Mead with a high probability of a Little penalty at some point.

I understand that tickets are still available on the gate as well as online  Cost £8 or £4 for concessions.  The game will also be streamed live on arsenal.com.

This should be a good chance to see that everything is in order for the far tougher prospect of the WSL season opener against Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday with a 12:30 kickoff.

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