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2022 Women’s Champions League Quarter Final – Arsenal v Wolfsburg Women Match preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

Arsenal resume their quest for European glory this evening with a game against the German league leaders Wolfsburg, at the Emirates with a 20:00 kickoff.  I understand that the match is moved to the Emirates due to the requirement for VAR to be in place and this not being achievable at the Women’s normal home ground at Borehamwood.  The second leg is on Thursday 31st March in Germany.

The three other ties are

Bayern Munich v Paris St Germain

Qatar, in the shape of PSG have bought their way to the top of European football in both the Men’s and Women’s games.  They have possibly supplanted Lyon as the top Women’s team in France although not by much.  Bayern ended Wolfsburg’s domination of the German League last year but look like finishing second to them this year.  This match is really difficult to call and could go either way but I fancy PSG to edge it over the two legs.

Juventus v Lyon

Juventus are probably the surprise team remaining in the competition emerging from Chelsea’s group at the Blue’s expense.  Lyon had a rare trophy-less season last year but seem to be returning to their usual dominant form and it will be a surprise if they fail to progress to the semi-final.

The semi-final draw has already taken place and the winners these two matches play each other

Real Madrid v Barcelona

The top two Spanish teams, Barcelona look unstoppable at times this year and are unbeaten in their domestic league so far, they totally outclassed us in our group stage matches.  It will be a major upset if they don’t win this tie relatively comfortably.

The winner will await the winner of the Arsenal Game in the second semi-final.

Arsenal v Wolfsburg

The WSL leaders v the Bundesliga leaders.  Here is the comparison of the two in their respective leagues this season

Arsenal Wolfsburg
Played 17 17
Won 12 14
Drawn 4 2
Lost 1 1
Goals scored 45 50
Goals conceded 10 12
Goal Difference 35 38
Points 40 44

Arsenal have a marginally worse domestic record with two fewer wins and two more drawn games.  Five fewer goals scored but two fewer conceded.  The statistics show a slight edge in favour of the Germans and they certainly have a lot more recent experience of this stage of the competition than Arsenal.

There are two familiar faces in the Wolfsburg team, centre back Dominique Janssen and midfielder Jill Roord.  Dominique I remember as a solid, but not spectacular,  defender and Jill never really seemed to settle at Arsenal, she scored some spectacular goals without cementing her place in midfield or attack.  Both are among the goals this season though – Dominique with 5 and Jill is their top scorer with 8.  Tabea Waßuth the only other player to appear in all 17 of their games has 7 and there are three players each on four goals.

If we contrast the goal threat with Arsenal, Viviana Miedema has 10, Beth Mead 7, Kim Little 6, Katie McCabe 5 and Stina Blackstenius 4 in her 6 games since arriving in January.  Our goals are coming from a slightly smaller range of players but again there seems little to chose between the two teams.

All of the stats and matchups point to an extremely tight contest between two good footballing teams.  Defensively we perhaps have a slight edge assuming that both Leah Williamson and Rafaelle Souza are fit and play well and that is my main hope for us to progress into the semi-finals.

Probable Arsenal lineup

Manuella Zinsberger

Noëlle Maritz, Leah Williamson, Rafaelle Souza, Steph Catley

Kim Little, Lia Wälti

Vivianne Miedema

Beth Mead, Stina Blackstenius, Katie McCabe

Subs (from)

Lydia Williams, Laura Wienroither, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Jen Beattie, Simone Boye Sørensen, Jordan Nobbs, Tobin Heath, Caitlin Foord, Mana Iwabuchi, Nikita Parris

There are still tickets available via the Arsenal box office and the match will also be streamed free of charge on the DAZN Youtube channel.  Previous matches have also been carried by arsenal.com on the club’s video channel.

I’m hoping to go but need to have a negative Covid test first; I’ve been positive for a week now and really want it to go away as I’m fed up with it!

COYWG

12 comments to 2022 Women’s Champions League Quarter Final – Arsenal v Wolfsburg Women Match preview

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    The first two games were played yesterday. PSG beat Bayerm 1-0 in Germany and Barcelona eventually beat Real Madrid 3-1 after being awarded a penalty by VAR for the first time in the competition. Both winning teams were allowed to be far more physical than my interpretation of the rules. They will, I expect, meet each other in the final.

    For Arsenal, Rafaelle may not be fit, Lotte Wubben-Moy likely to take her place if she doesn’t make the srarting 11

  • Stephen

    If Rafaelle isn’t fit,that will be a big big blow to Arsenal cos she’s just as important as Williamson to the defence. Hoping they will come out as victors and qualify for the semis. COYG

  • bushido

    sorry to hear about your unfortunate event Andrew. big blow for Arsenal if Rafaelle Souza is out cause she is rock solid since she came into the team but i think Wubben-Moy got it covered if she start this evening. come on Arsenal

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Its Lotte Wubben-Moy in for Ragaelle. Otherwise as I called it.

    In the early kickoff Juventus won 2-1 against Lyon. The game hinged on a last defender foul by a Lyon defender rightly called a red card. Hope our ref does as well.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    We failed to clear in the penalty area and allow Wolfsburg a clear header and a one goal lead.

    My stream just failed and I’ve had to reboot

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    I hate having to watch via DAZN. I cannot get a stable feed and always have to go through adverts when I have to reboot (three times in the first half)

    Second half about to start. Still one nil to Wolfsburg. We need to be quicker in attack.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    I hate having to watch via DAZN. I cannot get a stable feed and always have to go through adverts when I have to reboot (three times in the first half)

    Second half about to start. Still one nil to Wolfsburg. We need to be quicker in attack.

    COYG

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Arsenal lucky. Have been utterly dominant in the second half but twice in a minute Wolfsburg hit the arsenal posts.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Referee taken Mead out of the return fixture with an undeserved yellow card. 50/50 ball both platers went for it and our player carded. She has been kicked from pillar to post all game with virtual impunity.

  • AndrewCrawshaw

    Wubben-Moy with the equaliser following a Tobin Heath free kick in the 89th minute

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Good game between two evenly matched teams. Two well taken goals. A draw is a fair result on the night.

    All to play for in the second leg at the Volkswagen Stadium next Thursday evening 17:45 kickoff.

    Now for Spurs at the Emirates 14:15 on Saturday.

  • I thought Wolfsburg were the dirtiest team I have seen so far in the Women’s Champions’ League this season. The referee seemed reluctant to deal with the problem.

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