The European season may be put on hold for several of the world’s top mens leagues, but the action does not stop for the UEFA Women’s Champions League this week.
Olympique Lyon hosts Chelsea in the headlining contest this Wednesday with two of the tournament favorites squaring off for first-leg action in France. Lyon is riding a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which includes five-straight victories. Wendie Renard leads the way with six goals while U.S. women’s national team midfielder Lindsey Horan has five tallies of her own.
Chelsea sits top of the Women’s Super League and will provide a strong test for Lyon this week. Three-straight wins over Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United, and Reading have confidence sky high in the Lady Blues squad, especially with some top attacking talent of their own to call on. Sam Kerr leads the team with five goals in WUCL play while Pernille Harder has three herself.
Several top European clubs also remain in the competition with Paris Saint-Germain vs. Wolfsburg sitting as the mouthwatering showdown on the other side of the bracket.
European Qualifiers also take place this week with Italy hosting England on Thursday and Finland visiting Denmark in the top matchups.
The English League One campaign rolls on with league-leaders Sheffield Wednesday facing a tricky test at fourth-place Barnsley. Barnsley remains eight points out of the final automatic promotion spot while Sheffield Wednesday sits three points clear of the third-place Ipswich Town. Josh Windass and Michael Smith have combined for 22 league goals for the Owls while Devante Cole leads Barnsley with 10 goals of his own.
Concacaf Nations League action resumes this week with Mexico’s trip to Suriname serving as the top match in Thursday’s slate. Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic will also be in action in their respective groups.
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Here is a look at This Weekend’s Top 5 Matches to Watch, as well as a full rundown of This Week’s Soccer on TV and Online:
This Weekend’s Top 5 Matches to Watch
1. Olympique Lyonnais vs. Chelsea F.C. Women – With both sides sitting in first place in their respective domestic leagues, Chelsea will visit Lyon in its first-leg match. The league leaders both pitched a clean sheet in their domestic games over the weekend.
2. Barnsley vs Sheffield Wednesday – Sheffield Wednesday leads League One by one point going into its top-four showdown with Barnsley. Both will be seeking three points for respective reasons to solidify automatic promotion back to the Championship.
3. Paris Saint-Germain Féminine vs VfL Wolfsburg Women – Paris Saint-Germain Feminine host Frauen-Bundesliga’s first placed side VfL Wolfsburg fresh off a 5-0 win this weekend.
4. Italy vs. England – European Qualification resumes with England taking on Italy in both nations’ first showdown in Group C.
5. Denmark vs. Finland – Group H is led by Denmark and Finland, both of whom will be seeking a strong start to claiming top spot in the group.
Argentine Primera División
5:30 p.m. – Paramount+, fuboTV – Newell’s Old Boys vs San Lorenzo
8 p.m. – Fanatiz USA, Paramount+ – Huracán vs Rosario Central
8 p.m. – Fanatiz USA, Paramount+ – Lanús vs Argentinos Juniors
Ecuadoran Primera A
8 p.m. – fuboTV – Deportivo Cuenca vs Cumbayá
Liga MX Femenil
7:05 p.m. – ESPN Deportes, ESPN+, fuboTV – Santos Laguna vs Toluca
Spanish Segunda Division
4 p.m. – ESPN+ – Mirandés vs Eibar
US Open Cup
7:30 p.m. – Bleacher Report – West Chester United vs Ocean City Nor’easters
8 p.m. – Paramount+, fuboTV – Vélez Sarsfield vs Central Córdoba SdE
English League One
4 p.m. – ESPN+ – Barnsley vs Sheffield Wednesday
UEFA Women’s Champions League
1:45 p.m. – YouTube – Bayern München vs Arsenal
4 p.m. – YouTube – Roma vs Barcelona
US Open Cup
6 p.m. – Bleacher Report – El Farolito vs Inter San Francisco
7 p.m. – Bleacher Report – Appalachian vs North Carolina Fusion
8 p.m. – Bleacher Report – Chicago House vs Bavarian United
10 p.m. – Bleacher Report – Ventura County Fusion vs Capo
3:45 p.m. – Fox Sports 2, fuboTV – Ireland Republic vs Latvia
11 p.m. – fuboTV, FOX Deportes – Guadalajara vs Pachuca
UEFA Women’s Champions League
1:45 p.m. – YouTube – Olympique Lyonnais vs Chelsea FC
4 p.m. – YouTube – PSG vs Wolfsburg
CONCACAF Nations League
3 p.m. – Paramount+ – Saint Martin vs St. Kitts and Nevis
3 p.m. – Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN USA – British Virgin Islands vs Puerto Rico
5:30 p.m. – Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN USA – French Guiana vs Dominican Republic
7 p.m. – Paramount+ – Barbados vs Cuba
7 p.m. – Paramount+ – Guadeloupe vs Antigua and Barbuda
8 p.m. – Paramount+, fuboTV, Univision – Suriname vs Mexico
UEFA Euro Qualifying
3:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus, fuboTV – Denmark vs Finland
3:45 p.m. – Fox Sports 1 – Italy vs England.
US Open Cup
7 p.m. – Bleacher Report – Jacksonville Armada II vs Miami United
Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
3 p.m. – beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Gabon vs Sudan
5 p.m. – beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Algeria vs Niger