Matildas Abroad Preview: Chelsea and Lyon remain undefeated in the UWCL group stage

Our Matildas Abroad starred in the UEFA Women's Champions League over the week, with Kerr, Catley and Foord on the scoresheet to secure dominant wins. 

The action continued in UWCL group stage matchday three, with all four teams featuring our Matildas Abroad picking up crucial wins. Chelsea and Lyon remain unbeaten in the group stage thus far. 

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Group A

Sam Kerr's Chelsea picked up a dominant win against Servette FC Chênois in Geneva last week, beating the team from Switzerland 7-0. 

Chelsea made it back-to-back victories with their 7-0 win, and will be looking to repeat the dose when they host Servette FC this week.

Kerr was on the scoresheet twice in Chelsea's recent win, even picking up an assist on one of Fran Kirby's goals. 

The prolific striker signed a contract extension recently with the Blues that will see her stay at the London side until the Summer of 2024. 

Kerr's Chelsea had a season to remember last year, making the UWCL final for the first time in club history, however, falling at the last hurdle and were defeated by Barcelona. 

Chelsea will be looking to go one better this season and are showing no signs of slowing down. The Blues sit at the top of Group A and are undefeated in the group stage. 

Chelsea v Servette FC Chênois
Date: Friday, November 19
Kick-off: 7:00 am AEDT

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Group C

Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Lydia Williams all made the start for Arsenal as they defeated UWCL first-timers HB Køge 5-1.

Catley and Foord were both on the scoresheet in the win, with Catley's free-kick winning UWCL Goal of the Week.

Arsenal will host HB Køge in their next group stage game, hoping a similar result is in store. The side from Denmark is without a win in the UWCL group stage, with their lone goal scored in the group stage coming last week against Arsenal. 

Jonas Eidevall will be without usual starter Leah Williamson who has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

The Gunners still remain undefeated in the domestic league, picking up their first draw of the season so far last weekend at the hands of Spurs. 

Eidevall's side will be hoping a similar scoreline will be in the works early on Thursday morning. 

Arsenal v HB Køge 
Date: Thursday, November 18
Kick-off: 7:00 am AEDT

Group D

Ellie Carpenter made the start as Lyon defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 at home. Both sides looked to have to settle for a 1-1 all draw before Amandine Henry sealed the win in the 85th minute.

Bayern will now host an unbeaten Lyon side that is looking to reinforce its dominance in the UWCL after their five-year successive run claiming the trophy ended last season. 

Sonia Bompastor's side has been clinical in domestic football, beating rivals Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 earlier in the week. Carpenter has appeared in all of Lyon's UWCL games thus far.

Lyon conceded just their first goal in the group stage last week in their 2-1 win over Bayern. However, they are hoping they can pick up their fourth group stage win in a row away from home.

Bayern v Lyon 
Date: Thursday, November 18
Kick-off: 7:00 am AEDT

The other Group D fixture will see Dylan Holmes' BK Häcken host Benfica. Häcken picked up their first win of the UWCL group stage, defeating Benfic 1-0 last week.

Both sides looked to have to settle for the 0-0 all draw, before a Elin Rubensson spot kick sealed the points for the Swedish side. 

Holmes was an unused substitute on the bench in the win. 

Häcken will be hoping to secure back-to-back wins in the UWCL. 

Häcken v Benfica 
Date: Thursday, November 18
Kick-off: 4:45 am AEDT