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.
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
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
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.
2 Replies to “Womens Champions League round 2 – Arsenal v Slavia Prague tonight”
Half time and a very comfortable 2-0 to Arsenal. A Header from Parris in the second minute and a mid half penalty from Kim Little. So far Zinsburger hasnt had to make a save.
The referee is less than impressive