Women’s Champions League predictions: Barcelona to draw first blood against Real Madrid in first UWCL El Clasico

The 2021-22 UEFA Women’s Champions League returns this week with the first legs of the quarter-finals. Eight clubs remain standing as the road to Turin for the final at the Juventus Stadium continues. Bayern Munich will face Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid will host FC Barcelona in a special El Clasico match on Tuesday. Still alive in the competition and with a chance to play the final on home soil, Juventus host Olympique Lyonnais while Arsenal meet Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

Four of the eight clubs have lifted the UWCL trophy at least once, with Lyon leading with seven titles. Juventus and Real Madrid have never reached the semi-finals and PSG are still in the hunt for that still elusive UWCL title despite reaching the final in 2015 and 2017. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will meet for the first time in the UWCL quarter-finals in will be a historic meeting between the two women’s teams since the professionalization of Real Madrid.

With several iconic teams preparing for the UWCL quarter-finals, let’s take a look at four bold predictions between the eight clubs ahead of the big matches. But first, here’s how you can watch every game:

Women’s Champions League schedule (first legs)

tuesday march 22

  • Bayern Munich vs. PSG, 1:45 p.m. ET (DAZN YouTube)
  • Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona, ​​4 p.m. ET (DAZN YouTube)

Wednesday March 23

  • Juventus vs. Lyon, 1:45 p.m. ET (DAZN YouTube)
  • Arsenal vs. Wolfsburg, 4 p.m. ET (DAZN YouTube)

1. Bayern’s organization frustrates PSG

Bayern are the hosts of the first leg of this quarter-final and the club expects more than 10,000 spectators at the Allianz Arena. The added benefit of home advantage could come into play during this quarter-final as the two teams are pretty much evenly matched, even though PSG are seen as slight favourites. Expect Hanna Glas and Saki Kumagai to keep things organized while Linda Dahlman and Sara Dabritz try to connect with Lea Schuller.

2. Barcelona ruin Real Madrid’s big moment

We’ve just come out of an El Clasico on the men’s side this weekend and are now living a monumental moment in the history of this rivalry. Unlike the men who met in four separate seasons, this will be the first UWCL edition of El Clasico between the women. Barcelona are defending UWCL champions and recently won the Spanish title with six games to go with a 5-0 loss to Real Madrid on March 13. Las Blancas will host the first leg of the quarter-final at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, but goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez will have his hands full against a Barcelona attack that includes Alexis Putellas, Jenni Hermoso, Caroline Graham Hansen and Fridolina Rolfo.

3. Increasing Lyon’s roster will secure victory

Lyon will be at the site of this season’s final as their squad depth could be too much for Juventus to handle despite having home advantage in the first leg. The Italian side have proven to be a frustrating side to face given their previous results against Chelsea FC (0-0) and Wolfsburg (2-0), but a recent surge of players for Lyon will spoil the party in Turin . Expect Sarah Bouhaddi, Lindsey Horan, Eugenie Le Sommer, Dzsenifer Marozsán to play important roles in the upcoming game while Catarina Macario remains active in Lyon’s attack.

3. London is neon green, actually.

Wolfsburg are on the road to face Arsenal, but don’t know the territory at all. Their impressive UWCL run includes knocking out last season’s runners-up Chelsea FC and the German side did it with a limited list of key players missing through injury. They return to London this time as underdogs once again, but expect an even game between the two sides with former Gunners Jill Roord and Dominique Janssen pulling the strings on the pitch against their old side.

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