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Dec 8, 2020 at 8pm UK at Roazhon Park
Rutter (86' pen.)
Traore (23'), Grenier (45'), Da Silva (62'), Soppy (72')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Kounde (32'), En-Nesyri (45+2', 81')
En-Nesyri (23'), Rekik (50')

Preview: Rennes vs. Sevilla - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Champions League clash between Rennes and Sevilla, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Rennes welcome Sevilla to the Roazhon Park in Tuesday's Champions League dead rubber, with both sides already seeing their fates sealed in the most recent round of fixtures.

The hosts are resigned to a fourth-placed finish, whereas Sevilla have secured second spot and a place in the last 16 of Europe's premier competition.

Match preview

Rennes head coach Julien Stephan pictured on November 4, 2020© Reuters

A narrow defeat on Krasnodar's turf last week confirmed what the Rennes faithful had been expecting for a while - their team's maiden Champions League venture has ended at the very first hurdle.

Julien Stephan's men have not taken a point from any of their continental fixtures since the opening gameweek, with Rennes suffering two defeats to Chelsea and a loss at Sevilla before Marcus Berg's goal assured Krasnodar of their spot in the Europa League last Wednesday.

Not a single soul was expecting Rennes to usurp Chelsea or Sevilla to one of the top two spots in the group, and with their impending European exit already confirmed, Stephan will be thankful that he can give Ligue 1 his undivided attention amid Rennes' abysmal spell of form.

Les Rouge et Noir have failed to pick up results both domestically and in the Champions League over the past couple of months, with Rennes losing six of their last seven in all competitions and managing a solitary victory since the start of October - a 2-1 triumph over Brest on Halloween.

The hosts go into this game following yet another dismal home defeat in the French top flight as newly-promoted Lens marched to a 2-0 win at the Roazhon Park on Saturday, with Arnaud Kalimuendo drawing first blood before Ignatius Ganago doubled Lens' lead in the second 45.

Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui pictured on November 4, 2020© Reuters

Sevilla have enjoyed a solid Champions League campaign overall, with group leaders Chelsea the only side to take points off Julen Lopetegui's side so far.

However, no-one could have foreseen the Olivier Giroud masterclass at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with the 34-year-old notching up all four of Chelsea's goals as the Blues thumped Sevilla 4-0 on their own turf last week.

Lopetegui's men were rocked by that trouncing by a Giroud-inspired Chelsea, and Sevilla recently saw their winning run in La Liga ended by Real Madrid, who needed a huge slice of luck to scrape a 1-0 win courtesy of Bono's own goal.

Sevilla are already through to the knockout stages and cannot overtake Chelsea ahead of the final matchday in Group E, so Lopetegui will no doubt just be hoping to see his side return to winning ways after two dampening defeats on their own turf.

A 55th-minute Luuk de Jong winner was enough to see Sevilla take all three points with Rennes in their first meeting with the French outfit back in October.

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Sevilla Champions League form: DWWWL
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Team News

Eduardo Camavinga in action for Rennes on October 23, 2020© Reuters

Rennes goalkeeper Alfred Gomis is yet to return from injury and it remains to be seen when the shot-stopper will come back for Rennes, with Romain Salin therefore set for another start in goal.

Centre-back duo Nayef Aguerd and Daniele Rugani remain out with coronavirus and a thigh injury respectively, while Serhou Guirassy is expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks with an ankle sprain.

As far as any potential changes go, Faitout Maouassa could replace Adrien Truffert at left-back, while Eduardo Camavinga and Jeremy Doku will be hopeful of returning to the first XI.

Meanwhile, Sevilla goalkeeper Bono will be looking to put his calamitous mishap against Real behind him as he continues in between the sticks with Tomas Vaclik still injured.

Marcos Acuna is also struggling to shake off a muscular problem, but Lopetegui is set to name several changes either way with nothing on the line here.

Oussama Idrissi, Suso, Youssef En-Nesyri and Oliver Torres could all feature in a new-look XI, while one or both of Sergi Gomez and Karim Rekik may return to the defence.

Rennes possible starting lineup:
Salin; Traore, Nyamsi, Da Silva, Maouassa; Nzonzi, Camavinga, Bourigeaud; Doku, Niang, Gboho

Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Bono; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Rekik; Gudelj, Torres, Rakitic; Suso, En-Nesyri, Idrissi

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We say: Rennes 1-2 Sevilla

Neither of these two teams need to employ a gung-ho attitude for a meaningless victory here, with both managers undoubtedly focused on avoiding any more injuries with crucial league matches coming up. Rennes and Sevilla should name significantly altered starting lineups, but given the respective form of the two sides over the past couple of months, we are backing Sevilla to travel back to Spain with three points in the bag.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
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· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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