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Preview: Juventus vs. Chelsea Women - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Women's Champions League clash between Juventus and Chelsea Women, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Chelsea Women will aim to claim their first victory of the 2021-22 Women's Champions League group stage at the second attempt when they travel to Juventus for Wednesday's battle.

Emma Hayes's side played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg on the opening matchday, while the Turin giants eased past Servette Chenois 3-0 to storm to the top.

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With such an unprecedented winning run still intact, Juventus - now under the tutelage of former Arsenal Women's coach Joe Montemurro - have staked an early claim for the continental crown with 11 wins on the trot in all competitions since the season kicked off.

A trip to Geneva on the opening matchday of the Champions League saw Juventus run out comfortable 3-0 winners last week, as Arianna Caruso, Lina Hurtig and Valentina Cernoia all netted in a comfortable success before the weekend's clash domestic clash with Napoli.

Cernoia once again stole the show and needed all of five minutes to do so, setting up Caruso for the game's opening goal after just 26 seconds before doubling her side's tally in the fifth minute, with that victory marking a record-breaking 30th in a row for Juventus in the Women's Serie A.

Seeking to add a first-ever Champions League crown to their four successive domestic triumphs, Juventus head into Wednesday's game having kept clean sheets in all eight of their last home victories, while Chelsea coach Emma Hayes was left to rue a lack of defensive nous against Wolfsburg.

While Sam Kerr's opener saw Chelsea get off to the perfect start against Wolfsburg, the reigning Women's Super League champions soon found themselves 3-1 down due to indiscipline at the back, with Tabea Wassmuth netting twice during the Germans' prolific spell.

Chelsea would rescue a point through Beth England and Pernille Harder's equaliser against her old club in the second minute of second-half injury time, but Hayes lamented the "gifts" that her side presented to Wolfsburg before returning to domestic action against Leicester City Women at the weekend.

There were no such defensive concerns this time around as Harder and Fran Kirby - two nominees for the 2021 Women's Ballon d'Or - struck in the final 10 minutes of that 2-0 win, which saw them rise to second in the WSL rankings behind Montemurro's former employers Arsenal.

Like Juventus, Chelsea are also still waiting for their first Champions League crown in the women's game after falling to Barcelona's superiority in last year's final, but three of their last six away games in the tournament have ended in defeat.

Juventus Women's Champions League form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Juventus form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Chelsea Women Women's Champions League form:
  • D

Chelsea Women form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Team News

Juventus coach Montemurro was able to rest some key names after his side's dominant first half against Napoli, with Cecilia Salvai, Agnese Bonafantini and Annahita Zamanian all being withdrawn at half time at the weekend.

Cernoia netted as a substitute in last week's win over Servette but will surely come into contention for a start here, potentially in place of Bonafantini after she picked up a booking in that 3-0 win.

Experienced shot-stopper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin ought to return in between the sticks, while Martina Rosucci will eye a recall to the three-strong midfield.

Chelsea also took the opportunity to rotate at the weekend, with Kerr and Harder both primed to return to the final third after being named on the bench against Leicester.

After making a full complement of changes in midfield for Sunday's game, Hayes could now elect to reintroduce the likes of Melaine Leupolz and Ji So-Yun to the first XI, while one of England, Kirby, Kerr and Harder will be left disappointed in the battle to start in the front three.

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Peyraud-Magnin; Lundorf, Lenzini, Salvai, Boattin; Rosucci, Zamanian, Caruso; Cernoia, Staskova, Hurtig

Chelsea Women possible starting lineup:
Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson; Cuthbert, Yun, Leupolz, Reiten; Kirby, Kerr, Harder

We say: Juventus 2-1 Chelsea Women

While Chelsea's celebrated attackers are primed to break Juventus' remarkable defensive resilience on home soil this week, the hosts will have taken notice of their opponents' defensive lapses on matchday one.

Montemurro's crop are in no position to let their winning streak end anytime soon, and while they will be pushed all the way by Chelsea, we still expect the Italian champions to prevail in a tight contest.

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