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Wolfsburg vs Barcelona Women's Champions League preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, possible starting line-ups

Wolfsburg need an unprecedented comeback if they are to deny UEFA Women's Champions League holders Barcelona a place in Turin.

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Wolfsburg need an unprecedented comeback if they are to deny UEFA Women's Champions League holders Barcelona a place in the Turin decider as they attempt to overturn a 5-1 deficit in the second leg of their semi-final on Saturday.

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Barcelona were at their brilliant best in front of a record 91,468 crowd at the Camp Nou last Friday, against a Wolfsburg team to whom they had lost all three previous meetings. The crowd at VfL Wolfsburg Arena will not quite be that big but with more than 20,000 tickets sold could well be a club record for a home game. The She-Wolves will again be missing the influential Lena Oberdorf, while Rebecka Blomqvist was injured in the first leg. Alexia Putellas scored twice in that game to overtake Tabea Wassmuth as competition top scorer and is now on ten for the season.

Women's Champions League highlights: Barcelona 5-1 Wolfsburg
Women's Champions League highlights: Barcelona 5-1 Wolfsburg

Even if Barcelona were not on a run of 45 consecutive competitive wins dating back to last season, Wolfsburg would have a job emulating the feat that the Blaugrana's male team managed in 2017 of overturning a four-goal first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain, only the fourth time it had happened in a UEFA club competition. But that is the reality for Wolfsburg if they are to keep up an impressive record of getting through five of their six previous semi-finals. Otherwise if will be Barcelona in the decider for the third time in four years, meeting Lyon or Paris Saint-Germain on 21 May.

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Form guide

Wolfsburg
Last six games (most recent result first): LWWWWD
Last match: Barcelona 5-1 Wolfsburg, 23/04 (UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finals first leg)
Where they stand: 1st in Frauen Bundesliga, German Cup final

Top scorer: Watch all of Alexia Putellas' goals
Top scorer: Watch all of Alexia Putellas' goals

Barcelona
Last six games (most recent result first): WWWWWW
Last match: Barcelona 5-1 Wolfsburg, 23/04 (UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finals first leg)
Where they stand: Primera División champions, Copa de la Reina semi-finals

Starting line-ups

Wolfsburg: Schult; Wilms, Hendrich, Janssen, Rauch; Jonsdottir, Roord, Lattwein, Huth; Wasmmuth, Pajor

Barcelona: Paños; Torrejón, Paredes, León, Rolfö; Bonmati, Guijarro, Alexia; Graham Hansen, Hermoso, Crnogorčević

No away goals rule

The away goals rule no longer exists in UEFA club competition. If the tie is level after 90 minutes of the second legs, it will go to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.

View from the camps

Tommy Stroot, Wolfsburg coach: "We are preparing for a game in which we want to show a different face. We want to give it everything, regardless of the result. We want to get into the game in a completely different way."

Jonatan Giráldez, Barcelona coach: "We must be able to start the game well as we did at Camp Nou. Even beyond the result there are always aspects to improve."

Sandra Paños, Barcelona goalkeeper: "We are aware that Wolfsburg are getting very strong at home and that it will be a very difficult match. We are a very ambitious team and we have no other goal than to win the game."

Svenja Huth, Wolfsburg midfieder: "We're under pressure in every game, that's what we aim for at VfL. Our motivation is also the backdrop, the full stadium. We go into the game fully motivated. Nothing is conceded."

Where to watch

Every game in this season's new-look UEFA Women's Champions League from the group stage onwards is broadcast live in most territories on streaming platform DAZN, together with YouTube. The YouTube stream will also be embedded in the UEFA.com MatchCentre and on UEFA.tv for all UEFA Women's Champions League games, with highlights to follow at midnight CET.