Sports Mole provides an overview of Wednesday’s Women’s Champions League clash between the Barcelona women and the Hoffenheim women, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
The European Champions will host Hoffenheim Women wednesday, with Barcelona Women are looking to continue their start to the season 100% in all competitions.
The German squad have the unenviable task of facing the best team in Europe, and Hoffenheim will aim to bounce back after losing to Arsenal on Matchday 2 of the Women’s Champions League.
Despite a change of head coach this summer, Barcelona have continued to rule out all challengers this season, having won every game this season.
They dispatched Arsenal in the first game of the group stage, beating the Gunners 4-1, before heading to Denmark on Matchday 2 to face Koge.
The Danish team defended laudably and it took Barcelona 62 minutes to break the deadlock, with Fridolina Rolfo seizing the opening, and the visitors sealed the victory in stoppage time, when Jennifer hermoso marked on the spot.
Jonatan Giraldezprepared for the Hoffenheim meeting, with a 3-0 victory over Eibar this weekend, thanks to goals from Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, Assat Oshoala and Hermoso.
Wednesday’s hosts will be confident in the win, given they have scored a staggering 60 goals this season and have conceded just twice.
Hoffenheim had to defeat Valur, AC Milan and Rosengard in the Champions League qualifying stages to reach the group stage.
The German side opened the group stage with a resounding 5-0 victory over Koge, but they were brought down to earth on Matchday 2, when they traveled to England to face Arsenal.
Gabor GallaiThe London side suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat in north London and since that game they have had back-to-back league wins, despite being knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Bayer Leverkusen.
Hoffenheim warmed up for the Barcelona clash with a 5-1 away win over Carl Zeiss Jena this weekend, thanks to a Nicole billa a double and a goal each for Jules Marque, Anne Fuhner and Vanessa Leimenstoll, but Gallai will be aware that his team will face a much more difficult test on Wednesday.
Form of the Barcelona Women’s Champions League:
Barcelona Women Form (all competitions):
Hoffenheim Women’s Champions League form:
Form Hoffenheim Women (all competitions):
Leïla Ouahabi has entered the starting lineup to face Eibar, and the left-back is expected to keep his place on the side for Wednesday.
Oshoala is also expected to lead the line, with the Nigeria international looking to add to the 11 goals it has scored this season.
Featured midfielder Alexia Putellas had rested this weekend, but will enter the starting lineup for the meeting in Hoffenheim.
Billa will aim to break through Barcelona’s strong defense, with the Hoffenheim striker with a nice touch of goal having scored six goals in her last six club games.
Hoffenheim will look to one of Germany’s rising stars for opportunities, with Brand poised to play a key role for the German squad.
Possible starting eleven for the Barcelona women:
Panos; Torrejon, Paredes, Léon, Ouahabi; Putellas, Gutierrez, Torrejon; Hansen, Martens Oshoala
Hoffenheim Women, possible starting lineup:
Tufekovic; Wienroither, Feldkamp, Specht, Naschenweng; Linder, Dongus, Hagel, Marque; From Caigny, Billa
We say: Barcelona Women 4-0 Hoffenheim Women
Hoffenheim have quality in their ranks, but that is paltry compared to the Barcelona squad, and we believe the reigning European champions will beat their German rivals.