by Andrew Crawshaw
Thursday and Friday night this week see the penultimate round of group games in the Champions League.
Here is a reminder of the state of play in the four groups
|3||SKN St Pölten||4||1||1||2||5||9||-4||4|
|4||SK Slavia Prague||4||0||1||3||1||5||-4||1|
|4||FC Zürich Frauen||4||0||0||4||1||12||-11||0|
|2||FC Bayern Munich||4||3||0||1||8||7||1||9|
Groups C and D play on Thursday, A and B on Friday
A reminder that the top two teams in each group progress to the Knockout phase with the quarter-finals matching the top in each group against one of the second-place teams.
Our game against Lyon is at the Emirates kicking off at 20:00, I’m going with my 18 year old granddaughter which should be fun.
The reverse fixture produced one of the most remarkable results of recent years with Arsenal running out 5 – 1 winners. Lyon are the current European Champions, a competition they have won a record 8 times and our score equalled their heaviest-ever home defeat.
Tomorrow’s game will be very unlikely to produce a similar score. Lyon were badly affected by injuries at the time, a situation we have become used to ourselves in recent games, and were essentially playing with a makeshift defence and they left us far too much space to run into at the back Space which we gratefully accepted and used to devastating effect.
In terms of personnel, I am not aware of any significant change since last week so It will very much be a similar team. Kim Little was shown in the training photos so I have added her to the Subs bench but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she stays in the warm.
Manuella Zinsberger (GK)
Laura Wienroither, Leah Williamson, Rafaelle Souza, Steph Catley
Lia Wälti, Vivianne Miedema, Frida Maanum
Katie McCabe, Stina Blackstenius, Caitlin Food
Kaylan Marckese (GK), Lotte Wubben-Moy, Jen Beattie, Teyah Goldie, Noelle Maritz, Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs, Mana Iwabuchi, Michelle Agyemang
A draw will see us qualify as group winners, even a loss probably wouldn’t be catastrophic as we are odds-on favourites to win our final game next Wednesday evening away in Zurich thereby giving us 13 points. In theory, Lyon could pip us to the group title if they win by a better score than 5 – 1 but that would be so bad a result for us that I don’t even want to contemplate it.
If you can’t get to the Emirates then the game will be shown live on the DAZN Youtube channel free and worldwide.
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