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PREVIEW: Chelsea v VfL Wolfsburg

Chelsea will hope to record a positive first leg result when they face German club VfL Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Wednesday afternoon.

The Blues will host Stephan Lerch’s side in their ‘home’ fixture, however, this is only in terms of the way that the two teams have been drawn with both legs being played on neutral territory at the Ferenc Szusza Stadium in Budapest due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Chelsea go into the tie without defender Maren Mjelde who is out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery while forward Beth England will not travel after sustaining concussion against Atletico Madrid in the last round. The Blues meet VfL Wolfsburg for the fourth time in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, the South West Londoners have lost the previous three ties.

VfL Wolfsburg travel to Hungary without goalkeeper Julia Kassen and former Manchester City forward Pauline Bremer through injury. Head coach Lerch continues to monitor defender Lena Oberdorf who has been protecting a facial injury. The German international is expected to play, although she could wear a protective mask.

Chelsea’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg tie against VfL Wolfsburg will kick-off at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon and the match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.

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