Sevilla and Rennes meet in the Champions League tonight, each having started their Group E campaign with a draw.
While the Spanish giants played out a stalemate with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Rennes also had to settle for a point against Russian side FC Krasnodar.
🗞 Brief Preview
Sevilla have enjoyed an excellent few months in Europe but slumped to a shock defeat against La Liga side Eibar over the weekend. The Andalusians have built a formidable squad under Julen Lopetegui and should be able to dominate this fixture.
Rennes are currently in third place in the Ligue 1 table and started their domestic season in fine fashion. The French outfit has experienced a slump in recent weeks, however, and will need to be at its best to stand a chance in this game.
🔮 Likely starting XIs
Predicted Sevilla XI:
Bono – Navas, Gómez, Carlos, Acuña – Jordán, Fernando, Rakitić – Ocampos, de Jong, Suso (4-3-3)
Predicted Rennes XI:
Gomis – Traoré, Da Silva, Aguerd, Dalbert – Bourigeaud, Nzonzi, Camavinga – Hunou, Guirassy, Terrier (4-3-3)
🔑 Key facts
- Sevilla played out a 0-0 draw with Chelsea last week, which was a solid result given the trip to Stamford Bridge was arguably their toughest group stage match. However, Julen Lopetegui's side are now winless in four and they'll be looking to put that form right when they welcome Rennes to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
- Like Sevilla, Rennes have also failed to win in four after losing at home against Angers at the weekend to follow up three successive draws. Having played out a 1-1 draw in the first-ever Champions League game, they'll hope to end their winless run in Spain.
- At home, the Sevillistas ended an unbeaten run of 14 competitive games last weekend (W8, D6), but they have not lost two consecutive competitive home matches since November 2016.
- On the road, the visitors are still unbeaten this campaign (W2, D2), but they have lost their opening group stage away fixture in each of their three most recent European campaigns.
- Worryingly, Rennes have won just one of their last nine group stage away fixtures in UEFA club competitions, while failing to score before HT in each of the last six.
- Luuk de Jong has scored Sevilla’s opening goal in all but one of his last nine goalscoring competitive matches.
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