PREVIEW: UEFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING

Linfield have already made positive headlines in Europe this week with their men’s side winning at Montenegrin champions FK Sutjeska, and now their women’s team will be hoping to take inspiration from this success.

Phil Lewis’s side are in Brussels to compete in Group 8 of the Women’s UEFA Champions League group stages.

First up for the Blues on Wednesday afternoon is arguably the toughest match of the group phase as they take on Norwegian champions LSK Kvinner FK.

The Lillestrom-based club are top seeds in the group and dominate Norwegian football - they have won the last five league titles in a row and currently top their domestic league.

Indeed, the team have eight international players from the Norwegian side who made the knockout phases of this summer’s World Cup, before their elimination by England.

The games then come thick and fast - the Blues take on PAOK of Greece on Saturday before the tournament concludes when Linfield will play hosts Anderlecht on August 13 - the same day the Linfield men’s team welcome FK Sutjeska to Windsor Park.

PAOK have also won their domestic league in each of the past five seasons and have lifted the trophy in 13 of the last 14 campaigns, while Anderlecht lifted their domestic title for the first time in 20 years last campaign.

Linfield currently lead the way in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership with 31 points from their opening 12 league matches.

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