Match Preview: Rennes vs Tottenham – Team news, history and match details

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UEFA Europa Conference League
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Tottenham begin their group stage campaign of the inaugural Europa Conference League when they take on French outfit Rennes later today.

Spurs are looking to bounce back from a disappointing showing at the weekend, in which Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were comfortably swept aside by Crystal Palace.

A tricky trip awaits the North Londoners in UEFA’s third-tier European competition, with the club winless on their last three outings in Frane.

Bruno Genesio’s side are looking to make a rebound attempt of their own in midweek after they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Reims at the weekend.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Spurs’ first fixture in the Europa Conference League.

Where and how to watch 

Date: Thursday 16 September 

Kick-Off: 17:45 (BST)

Venue: Roazhon Park 

TV: BT Sport 1

Referee: Halis Özkahya

 

Previous Meetings 

No previous meetings – set to be the first-ever competitive fixture between both sides. 

 

Team News 

Spurs will be without Heung-min Son and Eric Dier for the Europa Conference League opener in France. Son picked up a calf strain on international duty with South Korea earlier this month, while Dier suffered a dead leg in the defeat to Crystal Palace, and are joned on the sidelines by Ryan Sessegnon.

After being sent off against Palace, Japhet Tanganga is available for selection, with his suspension not applicable in UEFA competitions. 

South American trio Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez will still be absent for Spurs, who are still undergoing a training camp in Croatia to avoid quarantine on their return to the UK. 

Steven Bergwijn has made the trip to France after missing the defeat to Palace.

Rennes forward Martin Terrier was forced off with a suspected thigh problem in the 2-0 defeat to Reims at the weekend, and is a major doubt for Thursday’s fixture. 

Two more blows for Genesio’s side will be the absence of speedy winger Jeremy Doku who will miss the game with a hamstring injury and Lovro Majer, who is nursing a hip injury.

Norway full-back Birger Meling has recovered from an adductor problem, and goalkeeper Alfred Gomis could return to the hosts’ line-up after completing his stint in quarantine.

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