Arsenal WFC v HB Köge Champions League – Wednesday Match Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

The first thing I want to say is that at least this game will not have match officials from the PGMO.  I expect this game to be refereed in a competent fashion without the bizarre decisions we say in the WSL match on Saturday.

Here is the current league table in our group of the last 16 in the Champions League

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Barcelona 3 3 0 0 10 1 9 9
2 Arsenal 3 2 0 1 10 5 5 6
3 TSG 1989 Hoffenheim 3 1 0 2 5 8 -3 3
4 HB Köge 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

A reminder that the top two in each group proceed to the quarter-final knock-out stage so we are currently well placed to progress.

The second half of the group matches contain the reverse fixtures from the third games so we are at home to Köge and Hoffenhein are at home to Barcelona.  The initial fixtures saw us beat Köge 5 – 1 and Barcelona beat Hoffenheim 4 – 0.  It will be something of a surprise if the results are any different this week.  The real test for us will be our home game against Barcelona where we need to be better than we were in the group opener when we lost 4 – 1.

This week’s game is this Wednesday evening at Meadow Park Borehamwood with a 20:00 kickoff.  Tickets are available from and will also be available on the gate.  The game will also be shown worldwide on the DAZN Women’s channel and almost certainly that footage will be carried on the Arsenal Player at

With the level of player rotation being used by our Coach, Jonas Eidevall. it is difficult to predict exactly which players he will start with, but using the last two games as a guide I would hazard a guess that it will look something like :-

 Lydia Williams

Noelle Maritz, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Simone Bøye Sorensen, Katy McCabe

Lia Wälti. Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs

Beth Mead, Viv Miedema, Nikita Parris

Bench – Zinsberger, Williamson, Patten, Goldie, Catley, Maanum, Iwabuchi, Foord, Heath.

I would be very surprised if Köge play in a different manner from last week, although I would hope that they might be a little more adventurous than a back five with a defensive four and a lone striker upfield. 

They look to play on the counter-attack relying on quick runners from midfield and wing back when they have an opportunity.  That is how they caught us out last week for their only goal of this stage of the competition so far. 

The risk from their point of view is that if they play a looser defence we will hurt them from all over the pitch.  Their view is that this group phase is predominantly a learning exercise that will pay dividends in future seasons.  They are leading their domestic league again this season and are odds-on getting into the Champions League again next season where they will hope to be more than the minnows in a group.

If we play anywhere near our potential then I can’t see this being anything other than a win by at least a three-goal margin, but it might take us a while to break down their defensive block.

I will be at the game and will try to provide updates as the game progresses.

Here are links to highlights of our first three group games to get you in the mood.

Barcelona v Arsenal

Arsenal v Hoffenheim

HB Köge v Arsenal

8 Replies to “Arsenal WFC v HB Köge Champions League – Wednesday Match Preview”

  1. After i wrote this piece, Arsenal have confirmed that our defender Leah Wolliamson picked up a significant thigh strain during the game in Köge last week and will be out of action till Christmas at least, possibly the New Year.i hadn’t included her in my starting lineup as I thought she needed a rest.

    I wish her all the best for a speedy and full recovery.

  2. Good evening from Borehamwood. Kickoff in 15 minutes


    Lydia Williams
    Anna Patten, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Jen Beattie, Katie McCabe
    Kim Little, Lia Walti, Jordan Nobbs
    Nikita Parris, Caitlin Foord, Beth Mead

    Zinsberger, Catley, Maritz, Goldie, Maanum, Houssein, Miedema

    A dry but cold evening. None of the match officials are in any way connected to thePGMO definitely a positive sign.


  3. foord was marginally offside, mead was clearly onside, so 1-0 to The Arsenal it is
    looks cold indeed, andrew, ‘d stand by the Lunch Box if i were you

  4. Halftime and Arsenal lead by a single goal, Caitlin Foord with an easy finish from a left hand side corner. The Køge goalkeeper has made two or three really good saves so far. I’ve been really impressed with her.

    For the rest it is a game of attack v defence. They are well drilled with a shield of four in front of a back five meaning that we are finding it very difficult to get balls in to our attackers. Kyra Carusa the Køge No 7 and playing as a lone striker is also having a good game. Most balls to her have stuck and she has usually managed to find a pass to an onrushing midfielder. Both her and their keeper Kaylan Marckese wouldnt be out of place at Arsenal.

    Elsewhere Barcelona have a 5-0 halftime lead away to Hoffenheim.

  5. yes, andrew, she’s very good that danish keeper – but eventually, the save of the match was williams’s: thinking you can stroll your way to victory is always dangerous
    many good crosses (mccabe, parris) there were, but our forwards didn’t feel like heading the ball tonight – wubben-moy sure did, what a goal!
    as VM11, she’s one of those players who make the extraodinary ordinary
    well done ladies, looking forward to the knockout stages now

  6. Final score 3-0 a Lotte Wubben-Moy header and a late goal from Viv Miedema. Job done with no real scares.

    No controversy at all from the match officials. Well done to them.

    Next up Man United away12:15 kickoff on Sunday live on BBC2 in the UK

    No second half goals in the Hoffenheim v Barcelona game.

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