FC Krasnodar welcome Rennes to Champions League Match Day five encounter at Krasnodar Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Two sides whose their first taste of the Champions League dream have already been dashed as both club are still in the search of their opening wins ahead of the clash in Russia.
Both teams boast a measly one point from four games in Group E and are in a two-horse race to seal third place and a spot in the Europa League.
Krasnodar goalkeeper Matvey Safonov continues to self-isolate after contracting coronavirus, while midfielder Tonny Vilhena is unlikely to feature after he sustained a leg injury at the weekend.
Dmitri Stotskiy and Sergey Petrov’s absences means that Igor Smolkinov is guaranteed another start at right-back.
Rennes center-back Nayef Aguerd is yet to recover from illness, while Daniele Rugani is also expected to remain sidelined for another two weeks with a thigh issue.
Faitout Maouassa lasted just 45 minutes on his return from injury against Strasbourg, and 19-year-old Adrien Truffert may be handed another start in Europe should Stephan not take any risks over Maouassa’s fitness.
Prediction: Krasnodar2-2 Rennes, for high stakes, this is a pretty cool option which an odd of 17.05 odds attached to it.