Chelsea at BK Häcken: UWCL preview round 2, predicted XI

For the final time in 2023, Chelsea Women take a trip to Sweden with an opportunity to make amends for a 0-0 draw last week at Stamford Bridge.
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Riddled with injuries in the center back department last time out, Chelsea Women overcame one of the clubs at the bottom of the Women's Super League. Now, with that position somewhat replenished, Emma Hayes' side has its eyes on heading to the top of Group D in the UEFA Women's Champions League prior to the winter break.

In the last mid-week fixture, the fans at Stamford Bridge were treated to a pretty underwhelming display. Three total big chances. All three came and went. Against Johanna Rytting Kaneryd's former side, the Blues must be less hesitant in front of net. There seemed to be something tying the attack down. Taking some risks may be vital. It is evident this club has the players to produce world-class goals on a weekly basis. The opportunity doesn't have to be right across the face of Jennifer Falk's goal.

The organization of BK Hacken's backline on top of the west Londoners' wastefulness with the ball in the final third resulted in the points being split between the two sides. Three goals and a clean sheet away from London creates the momentum needed to break down a Swedish outfit that conceded the fewest goals in the 2023 Damallsvenskan.

Seven out of the last 12 opponents across all competitions have failed to find the back of the net against the Swedish outfit. Mak Lind and his team is completely focused on European football with the Swedish top-flight coming to a close in the middle of November. While it gives players plenty of rest, the length between contests could result in a sluggish start.

The Australian Aivi Luik leads an incredibly youthful back line that spent the majority of the match at the Bridge in its own penalty area. You would have to think that in front of its own fans, Hacken would attempt to present more of a threat going forward. It's 0.2 xG per FBref was the lowest of the Swede's European campaign so far. Star central midfielder Rusul Rosa Kafaji never really got into the match last week, failing to contribute to a goal for the first time since November 5. You can say the same about the two players flanked wide alongside Kafaji, the "Anna Duo", Anna Anvegard, and Anna Sandberg.