Following his red card against Panathinaikos, Jeanuël Belocian will be suspended for Stade Rennais’ visit to Maccabi Haifa on Thursday night.
Despite the 18-year-old’s sending-off in the last round of matches, Rennes beat Panathinaikos 3-1, setting them up to qualify from their group. Les Rennais will be guaranteed a playoff spot should they beat Maccabi Haifa, or if they draw and Panathinaikos fail to beat Villareal.
Bar Belocian, Julien Stéphan has a full squad at his disposal. As he did against Stade de Reims, the new manager is expected to deploy his side in a 3-4-3, however, changes are expected. Benjamin Bourigeaud and Arnaud Kalimuendo could be amongst the players to drop to the bench, whilst Amine Gouiri could also make way for Ludovic Blas.
Rennes likely lineup v Maccabi Haifa
Steve Mandanda; Arthur Theate, Warmed Omari, Christopher Wooh; Adrien Truffert, Fabian Reider, Nemanja Matic, Lorenz Assignon; Martin Terrier, Bertug Yildrim, Ludovic Blas. (L’Éq)