Arsenal and Barcelona meet at the Emirates Stadium in the Women’s Champions League this week in what is easily the biggest match on match day five in the ongoing group game.
There is no song up for Arsenal just a few days after being comfortably beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup final. One point would guarantee the Gunners a place in the knockout rounds – even as it looks, they are almost certain to go through. But that’s easier said than done against the reigning champions, who made Chelsea look very ordinary in last season’s final.
Barcelona have taken maximum points so far, are already safe on a tee and are clear favorites to lift the trophy again. They also have two of the top three players in the world this year, according to the latest poll for the Ballon d’Or Feminin 2021, in their ranks.
This is all you need to know about the game …
Combine Fantasy Football and Blockchain with Sorare
If you love fantasy football, but appreciate the uniqueness of NFTs, you must check out Sorare.
September 8, 2021Chelsea vs Juventus – UWCL: TV channel, livestream, team news and predictions
Preview of Chelsea vs Juventus in the Women’s Champions League, including how to watch TV, livestream, team news and results predictions.
7 Dec 2021 Everton vs Arsenal: TV channel, livestream, team news and predictions
Arsenal travel to Everton on Monday night when both sides look to avenge the painful defeats they suffered during their recent outings.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona: TV channel, livestream, team news and predictions
Preview of Bayern Munich’s Champions League meeting with Barcelona
Gray white flowers
December 6, 2021
When is kick off? Thursday 9 December, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Emirates StadiumTV channel / livestream? DAZN UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube channelHighlights? DAZN UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube channelJudge? Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Tobin Heath’s ongoing absence of frustrating Arsenal fans / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages
Tobin Heath is still unavailable for Arsenal due to minor training problems, while Leah Williamson is still a more critical loss for the Gunners.
Asisat Oshoala will not be able to visit his former club / Eric Alonso / GettyImages
Barcelona has traveled without the influential midfielder Mapi Leon. Former Arsenal player Asisat Oshoala is also missing, as is teenage forward Bruna Vilamala, but everyone else is in form.
Alexia Putellas is playing in the Champions League for the first time since she received the 2021 Ballon d’Or Feminin trophy just over a week ago.
Arsenal: Zinsberger; Maritz, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Catley; Maanum, Walti, Little; Mead, Miedema, McCabe
Barcelona: Panos; Torrejon, Paredes, Pereira, Ouahabi; Engen, Guijarro, Putellas; Hansen, Hermoso, Martens
The table has turned since Barcelona first met Arsenal in the Champions League almost a decade ago, in what was the former’s first appearance ever in the competition.
Putellas was just a teenager for the last 32 games at the start of the 2012/13 campaign and had recently returned to the club from Levante. Arsenal won 3-0 in Spain, before a crushing 4-0 victory at home for an overall victory of 7-0. Midfielder Jennifer Beattie, who plays on Thursday night, made four of those seven in total.
When the clubs met earlier this season, Barcelona were comfortable winners. They tore Arsenal apart on match day one, leading 3-0 shortly after half-time and finally beating 4-1 after the Gunners pulled back a consolation goal.
Mariona Caldentey, the previously mentioned Putellas and Oshoala, and Lieke Martens scored the Barcelona goals that night. Frida Maanum got Arsenal.
Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall was honest when he admitted that he actually underestimated Barcelona in the reverse match. He will not make that mistake again and both he and his players will have learned important lessons from that defeat.
It’s not an ideal time to come so soon after being taken apart by Chelsea at Wembley, but the Gunners hope to be able to ride the wave of what is expected to be a decent crowd at the Emirates Stadium and at least make it a closer competition than last time.
For Barcelona, if they do what they know they can, the result will not be questioned.
Prediction: Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona
For more from Jamie Spencer, follow him on Twitter and Facebook!
(This story #Arsenal vs Barcelona - UWCL: TV channel, livestream, team news and prediction. Has not been edited by Axadle Staff and has been auto-generated from the Syndicate feed.) while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information or related graphics contained on the post for any purpose.