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Dynamo Kiev will have the chance for vengeance on Thursday when they visit the Ligue 1 team at Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Stadium, one week after Rennes’ thrilling 2-1 triumph on matchday three of the Europa League.
Five clubs in this competition, including the Ukrainians, have not yet earned a point during the group stage, while Stade Rennais and Fenerbahce are tied for the lead in Group B after each team has seven points.
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The 16-time champion Ukrainian team has had a story of two seasons since September, playing remarkably well at home but still having trouble in European contests.
With a 3-0 victory over Rukh Vynnyky over the weekend, Mircea Lucescu’s team recorded their third straight shutout in domestic competition, outscoring their opponents 5-0 in that time frame.
For Bilo-syni, things haven’t gone quite as well; they’ve given up five goals already in this competition, lost all three of their games by a single goal, and a loss this week would see them eliminated.
In addition to defeating Guingamp (2014–15) and Stade Rennais (2018–19) in the Europa League, Kiev has won each of their last two home games against French opponents. They have also won two of their last three home games overall.
Two of their five goals allowed in the group stage have come in the first 20 minutes, and the other two have come with less than five minutes left in games against Fenerbahce and Rennes, where they had a chance to win a point but ultimately lost.
Dynamo Kiev has lost their last five games in all European competitions coming into this matchup on Thursday.
Their greatest losing streak in Europe, which dates back to 2007, when they suffered six straight losses between September and December of that year, would end if they lost on Thursday.
Currently, Rennes can do no wrong. On Sunday, Rennes defeated Nantes in league play to extend its winning streak across all competitions to nine games.
The team led by Bruno Genesio has scored at least twice in each of the games they have played this month, totaling eight goals in their last three games.
With five players scoring goals for them in three group games, they are receiving help from a variety of players in the Europa League.
With 20 goals after 10 domestic games this season, Rennes is now the third-highest scoring team in Ligue 1, and they haven’t been shut out in a league game since their opening-round loss to Lorient (1-0).
Les Rouge et Noir have never defeated a Ukrainian team on the road; they were defeated by Kiev in the 2018–19 tournament’s group stage and lost 1-0 to Tavriya Simferopol in the 2008 Intertoto Cup.
While none of their previous 29 competitive European matches have finished in a tie, this club has recently improved significantly on the road in European competitions, winning four of their last five away games.
In any of their three Europa League group stage matches thus far this season, Rennes has never trailed at the half.
They had taken the lead in all three of their group games, and late goals in the 94th and 89th minutes, respectively, helped them win two games against AEK Larnaca (2-1) and Dynamo Kiev.
Rennes is now playing its best football of the season, scoring goals frequently, and resembling a lot of the club that scored the second-most goals in Ligue 1 (82) last season.
On the other hand, Kiev has been playing strong defense at home lately, so we do not anticipate many opportunities for Les Rennais. It might not take much for the French team to score, though, given their current form and level of talent.