Stade Rennais v Spurs – how to watch, team news, key information
Wed 15 September 2021, 19:50|Tottenham Hotspur
We begin our journey in the group stage of the new UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday with a trip to Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais (kick-off 6.45pm local time, 5.45pm UK).
Sixth in the French top flight last season, Rennes beat Rosenborg at home and away in the play-off round to reach this stage of the competition.
They’ve lost their last two domestic games to Angers and Reims and are currently 11th in their league table.
This represents our first trip to France at first team level since February, 2013, where a late equaliser against Lyon sent us through to the last 16 of the Europa League, although our youngsters have met Rennes on a handful of occasions in the last few years – most recently in 2019 – as part of the annual pre-season European Under-21 Tournament in Ploufragan.
Here’s all the key information you need to know ahead of the match...
How can I watch the game?
Thursday’s game is being broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 1. Kick-off is at 6.45pm local time in France, 5.45pm in the UK.
You can also follow all the action live via our ever-popular Match Centre here on tottenhamhotspur.com and the Spurs Official app. Log on from 90 minutes before kick-off wherever you are in the world to enjoy live minute-by-minute text updates and audio commentary, along with all the latest live stats and imagery.
Alternatively, join us on Twitch for our official Watchalong with hosts Rebekah and Matt from 4.45pm UK.
If you’re following us from overseas, check out the worldwide broadcast listings to see if the game is being shown in your area.
If you’ve got a ticket to attend the match in person in France, please read our important travel information here.
How will the teams line up?
Eric Dier, Ryan Sessegnon and Heung-Min Son will not feature for us on Thursday evening.
They’ve remained in London to continue their rehab – Eric was forced off early during Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League loss at Crystal Palace while Ryan and Sonny returned from international duty with injuries and missed the trip to Selhurst Park.
Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez are also unavailable for the Rennes match as they continuation to isolate in Croatia following their return from South America during the international break, but Steven Bergwijn could return after he missed the Palace game having picked up a problem on duty for the Netherlands.
Attacker Martin Terrier (thigh) is a doubt for Rennes while Jeremy Doku is out with a hamstring problem. Lovro Majer (hip) and Birger Meling (adductor) could also miss out.
Who is the referee and what colours will the teams be playing in?
The match officials for Thursday’s game are from Turkey – Halis Özkahya is the referee, with Ibrahim Çaglar Uyarcan and Ali Saygın Ögel as his assistants.
The fourth official will be Alper Ulusoy.
As is traditional in European competition, we’ll be in all-Lilywhite for the game, with our goalkeeper in green.
Rennes will play in red shirts, black shorts and black socks, with their keeper in all blue.
What will the weather be like?
A dry and bright day is expected in Rennes on Thursday. Temperatures should peak at 21 degrees during the late afternoon, with light cloud and light winds expected as the game gets underway.