Hard to separate EL Group B pacesetters
Rennes will clash with Fenerbahçe on Thursday night at Roazhon Park in the UEFA Europa League. Both teams won their opening games in Group B against AEK Larnaca and Dynamo Kyiv respectively and will want to build on their early success. Read our preview here:
Sulemana from heaven
Les Rouge et Noir are fresh from smashing Auxerre 5-0 at the weekend and sit in a respectable sixth position in the early Ligue 1 standings. Head coach Bruno Génésio will be hoping for a repeat of the 4th he steered his charges to last term or even one better in order to achieve Champions League qualification. For the visit of the Turkish giants, he'll be without Baptiste Santamaría, who went off just after the 10th minute mark in that thrashing. Young Belgian centre back Arthur Theate has impressed despite the collective propensity to concede goals in 2022/2023 thus far, whilst Ghanaian hot prospect Kamaldeen Sulemana laid on both strikes in that opening victory and got his name on the scoresheet last Sunday. He can play on either side of the attack and drive towards goal on the dribble.
Veteran manager Jorge Jesus took over in the close season after Sarı Kanaryalar finished runners up to Trabzonspor by a margin of eight points. The Istanbul outfit haven't lifted the Süper Lig in nearly a decade, but the craving for success has not abated from the fervent fanbase. Though they have lost already this term, they have also racked up 15 goals in just five domestic matches and will also benefit from being well rested. Versatile forward Enner Valencia has been responsible for six of those by himself and will fancy his chances of increasing his haul in all competitions in Brittany. At the back, towering defender Gustavo Henrique will be a tough opponent for Sulemana with his combative playstyle.
betway have odds of 3.75 for an entertaining draw between the two teams.