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UEFA Women's Champions League: What to look out for on Wednesday

Two of the competition's biggest names go head to head in Wednesday's games.

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Two of the competition's biggest names go head to head in Wednesday's UEFA Women's Champions League group action.

Playing home and away until mid-December, and broadcast live across the world by DAZN/YouTube, the 16 competing clubs are under the spotlight like never before: we preview the action.

How the groups stand


All kick-off times CET


Group C: Barcelona vs Hoffenheim (18:45), HB Køge vs Arsenal (18:45)
Group D: Benfica vs Häcken (21:00), Lyon vs Bayern München (21:00)

What to look out for

2020 quarter-final highlights: Lyon 2-1 Bayern
2020 quarter-final highlights: Lyon 2-1 Bayern

Lyon and Bayern meet again
Lyon's new-look squad have begun in convincing fashion and will be five points clear should they defeat a Bayern team whose opening away game in this group brought a disappointing 0-0 draw at Benfica. Victory is far from guaranteed, however.

Indeed, both teams can look to recent meetings for inspiration: Lyon won their one-off quarter-final contest 2-1 in Bilbao in August 2020, but this summer it ended 4-2 to Bayern in a friendly tournament in Toulouse – a game the German champions actually led 4-0 before late consolations from Amel Majri and Wendie Renard.

Admittedly, that was a pre-season game with key players missing, but Bayern seem to have eclipsed Wolfsburg as Germany's top team, for now at least. This trip to Lyon therefore represents a perfect chance to showcase the European pedigree they have built up over the last couple of campaigns.

Looking ahead

• Following the same match pattern as the men's club group stages, all these fixtures will be reversed on Matchday 4, with the Group C and D return games next Wednesday. The first quarter-finalists could even be decided then, though everything depends on how the Matchday 3 encounters unfold.

Key dates

Group stage
Matchday 4: 17/18 November
Matchday 5: 8/9 December
Matchday 6: 15/16 December

Quarter-final & semi-final draw
20 December

Juventus Stadium in Turin will stage the final
Juventus Stadium in Turin will stage the finalUEFA via Getty Images

Quarter-finals
First leg: 22/23 March
Second leg: 30/31 March

Semi-finals
First leg: 23/24 April
Second leg: 30 April/1 May

Final (Juventus Stadium, Turin)
Date tbc