Europa League, matchday 3. Rennais – Dynamo. Preview

Europa League, matchday 3. Rennais – Dynamo. Preview

On Thursday, October 6, FC Dynamo Kyiv will play the UEFA Europa League group stage matchday 3 game against Stade Rennais FC at the Roazhon Park in Rennes (kick-off – 22:00 Kyiv time).

2021/2022 SEASON

- The Ukrainian Premier League season was ceased because of war. Dynamo finished second, two points behind FC Shakhtar Donetsk (W-14, D-3, L-1, goal difference – 47:9).

In the Ukrainian Cup round of 16 Dynamo defeated FC Mariupol and were supposed to face FC Oleksandria in the quarterfinal, but the national Cup wasn’t finished either.

- Rennais finished 4th in the Ligue 1 last season which let them qualify for euro cups for the fifth time in a row. This was one of the best results in club history: only in 2019/20 season they were third in the league table. They won 20 games out of 38, lost 12 and played in a draw 6 times (goal difference – 82:40).

As for the national cup, Rennais tumbled out in the round of 32 as they faced Nancy (1:1, 3:4 on penalties).

In the UEFA Europa Conference League, Rennais won the group, but lost against Leicester City in the round of 16 (0:2, 2:1).

LINEUP CHANGES

Dynamo

In: Vladyslav Dubinchak, Tomasz Kedziora, Benjamin Verbic, Vladyslav Supriaha, Vladyslav Vanat (all – back after loan move), Vladyslav Kabayev, Kaheem Parris, Justin Lonwijk.

Out: Carlos de Pena, Heorhiy Tsytaishvili, Gerson Rodrigues, Fran Sol, Eric Ramirez, Vitinho, Benjamin Verbic, Denys Antiukh.

Rennais

In: Amine Gouiri, Arnaud Kalimuendo, Arthur Theate, Christopher Wooh, Steve Mandanda,   Joe Rodon, Xeka.

Out: Nayef Aguerd, Mathys Tel, Gaetan Laborde, James Lea Siliki, Jonas Martin, Jeremy Gelin, Yann Gboho, Pepe Bonet, Metehan Guclu, Loic Bade, Serhou Guirassy, Loum Tchaouna, Andy Diouf, Junior Kadile, Franck Rivollier.

2022/2023 SEASON START

- Dynamo started the new season with the Champions League qualifiers. They outplayed Fenerbahce in the second round (0:0, 2:1) and Sturm in the third (1:0, 2:1) after which lost against Benfica in play-offs (0:2, 3:0). As for the Europa League group stage, Kyivans have already lost against Fenerbahce (1:2) and AEK Larnaca (0:1).

In the Ukrainian Premier League, Mircea Lucescu’s men suffered two defeats in a row – against Dnipro (0:3) and Zoria (2:3) – after which beat FC Lviv (1:0) and FC Mynai (1:0).

- Rennais are currently 6th in the Ligue 1 table. They have 15 points after 9 matchdays (W-4, D-3, L-2, goal difference – 17:9).

In the Europa League group stage they’ve already defeated AEK (2:1) and played in a draw against Fenerbahce (2:2).