In a pivotal showdown for the top spot and a direct ticket to round 16, Villarreal and Rennes will face off in the Europa League on Matchday 6 at 18:45.
The leadership is up for grabs, with Villarreal poised to claim the top spot with a victory, while a draw would suffice for Rennes.
Arriving at this crucial match after two consecutive league defeats, Rennes seeks redemption after their last triumph in the Europa League, a 3-0 victory against Maccabi Haifa. The French side aims to secure the leadership and advance directly to the knockout stage.
Struggling domestically, Rennes sits precariously, just four points clear of the relegation zone, with their last league win dating back to November 26 against Reims.
Villarreal enters the contest following a 0-3 defeat against Real Sociedad, marking their first loss under the new era of coach Marcelino. The Yellow Submarine aims to dispel doubts about their previous match and secure a direct passage to Round 16.
Languishing six points above the relegation zone in their league, Villarreal’s last league triumph was against Osasuna on November 26.
The last meeting between these two teams occurred on Europa League Matchday 2, where Villarreal emerged victorious with a 1-0 scoreline. Sorloth netted the lone goal, and Pepe Reina emerged as the hero by saving a late penalty.
Notable performers for Rennes include Bourigeaud, who has featured in 15 games, accumulated 1466 minutes, scored four goals, and provided two assists.
On the Villarreal side, Morales stands out, having played 16 matches in 919 minutes, with seven goals and one assist to his name.
Rennes: Mandanda, Bourigeaud, Omari, Belocian, Theate, Truffert, Enzo Le Fee, Santamaria, Ludovic Blas, Amine Gouiri, Arnaud Kalimuendo.
Villarreal: Pepe Reina, Foyth, Albiol, Cuenca, Carlos Romero, Altimira, Capoue, Comesaña, Álex Baena, Gerard Moreno, Morales.