Leicester City vs Rennes Match Preview: How to watch, team news, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Luke Thomas of Leicester City attends the Leicester City press conference at Leicester City Training Ground, Seagrave on March 09th, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Following a victory in Denmark, Leicester City have progressed into the round of sixteen of the UEFA Conference League, welcoming French side Rennes to The King Power.

RANDERS, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 24: Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel of <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/10/leicester-city/1101252-liverpool-vs-leicester-city-predicted-line-ups.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/10/leicester-city/1101252-liverpool-vs-leicester-city-predicted-line-ups.html'>Leicester City</a></strong> FC in action during the UEFA Conference League Playoff match between Randers FC and <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/10/leicester-city/1101252-liverpool-vs-leicester-city-predicted-line-ups.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/10/leicester-city/1101252-liverpool-vs-leicester-city-predicted-line-ups.html'>Leicester City</a></strong> FC at Cepheus Park on February 24, 2022 in Randers, Denmark. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)
RANDERS, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 24: Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City FC in action during the UEFA Conference League Playoff match between Randers FC and Leicester City FC at Cepheus Park on February 24, 2022 in Randers, Denmark. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Leicester have been in strong form recently, winning four of their last five games in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in the last two. However, they still languish in twelfth place, a considerable way off the places the staff, the players and the fans want to be.
 

Rennes, however, are currently sitting at fourth place in the Ligue 1 table in a bid to secure themselves Champions League football once more.

It won't be the first time this season Rennes were scheduled to make the trip to England after being drawn with Tottenham Hotspur earlier on in the competition, but the match was postponed due to cases of COVID-19 in the Spurs camp, and the London club were subsequently eliminated from the tournament.

Rennes are unbeaten in this competition going into their match against Leicester, scoring 15 goals in that time.

26 Lesley UGOCHUKWU (srfc) - 24 Gaetan LABORDE (srfc) - 07 Martin TERRIER (srfc) during the UEFA Europa Conference League between Rennes and Vitesse Arnhem at Roazhon Park on November 25, 2021 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Philippe Lecoeur/FEP/Icon Sport via Getty Images) Photo by Icon Sport
26 Lesley UGOCHUKWU (srfc) - 24 Gaetan LABORDE (srfc) - 07 Martin TERRIER (srfc) during the UEFA Europa Conference League between Rennes and Vitesse Arnhem at Roazhon Park on November 25, 2021 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Philippe Lecoeur/FEP/Icon Sport via Getty Images) Photo by Icon Sport

Team News...

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has some decisions to make going into this match, especially in the right back position with Ricardo Pereira and James Justin close to recovering from injuries, with Hamza Choudhury filling in for them against Leeds.

There is also a possibility that Jannick Vestergaard could fill in at centre back, pushing Daniel Amartey into the right back position, but considering the Ghanaian has been a part of a centre-back partnership that has kept two clean sheets in the last two games, this isn't likely.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/07/leicester-city/1100954-the-warm-down-lacklustre-leicester-humiliated-by-old-rivals-nottingham-forest.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/07/leicester-city/1100954-the-warm-down-lacklustre-leicester-humiliated-by-old-rivals-nottingham-forest.html'>Leicester City</a></strong>'s Daniel Amartey during the Premier League match between <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/07/leicester-city/1100954-the-warm-down-lacklustre-leicester-humiliated-by-old-rivals-nottingham-forest.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/07/leicester-city/1100954-the-warm-down-lacklustre-leicester-humiliated-by-old-rivals-nottingham-forest.html'>Leicester City</a></strong> and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Hannah Fountain - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Leicester City's Daniel Amartey during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Hannah Fountain - CameraSport via Getty Images)

As for Rennes, while manager Bruno Génésio may be prepared to name the same side that defeated Angers in their last match, the highly talented winger Jeremy Doku is in contention for selection.

Rodgers Has His Say...

In a recent press conference, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers commented on the challenge of Rennes in their latest outing in the UEFA Conference League and whether winning the trophy is Leicester's top priority now. Here is what he had to say.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/06/leicester-city/1100839-nottingham-forest-vs-leicester-city-pre-match-analysis.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/02/06/leicester-city/1100839-nottingham-forest-vs-leicester-city-pre-match-analysis.html'>Leicester City</a></strong> applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Premier League match between <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2021/12/23/leicester-city/1096773-rodgers-left-frustrated-at-leicesters-failure-to-hang-on.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2021/12/23/leicester-city/1096773-rodgers-left-frustrated-at-leicesters-failure-to-hang-on.html'>Leicester City</a></strong> and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Holyoak/MB Media/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Holyoak/MB Media/Getty Images)

"They've [Rennes] got an experienced coach, play good football and have some good players. We're confident we can cause them problems tomorrow.

"They're a very good side, attack the game well. Play 4-3-3 when they press but attack in more of a 4-4-2 structure.

"They have the striker up top who score goals, they also have the winger who scores goals. They have contributions from all over the field it's a game where you know you'll have to defend well in.

"We want to finish as high as we can in the Premier League and go as far as we can in this competition. The game at the weekend was a great example of the team coming together, we didn't play our best football. We're starting to see that toughness in the team and that togetherness."

Predicted XIs...

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Hamza Choudhury, Daniel Amartey, Çağlar Söyüncü, Luke Thomas, Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Ademola Lookman, Patson Daka, Harvey Barnes.

Rennes: Alfred GomisHamari Traore, Warmed Omari, Nayef Aguerd, Birger Meling; Benjamin Bourigeaud, Baptiste Santamaria, Jonas Martin, Martin TerrierGaëtan Laborde, Serhou Guirassy

Ones To Watch...

Hamza Choudhury

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Hamza Choudhury of <strong><a href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2021/11/19/leicester-city/1093276-leicester-city-vs-chelsea-predicted-line-ups.html'>Leicester City</a></strong> and Jack Harrison of Leeds United during the Premier League match between <strong><a href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2021/11/19/leicester-city/1093276-leicester-city-vs-chelsea-predicted-line-ups.html'>Leicester City</a></strong> and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Hamza Choudhury of Leicester City and Jack Harrison of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

The 24 year-old was thrown into the deep end against Leeds United after his manager selected him to play at right back for his first appearance since January.
 

It's safe to say that Choudhury has not established himself as indispensable for Leicester, with the likes of Wilfred N'Didi and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall ahead of him in the pecking order for his preferred CDM role, and since Rodgers is thin in that right back position, he clearly felt that Choudhury could fill that spot against Leeds. And he delivered, helping the Foxes collect their second consecutive clean sheet.
 

If Rodgers selects him again, all eyes will no doubt be on him and he aims for another Foxes clean sheet.

Martin Terrier

Rennes' French forward Martin Terrier reacts after scoring his team's first goal during the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Rennes at The Mosson Stadium in Montpellier, southern France, on February 25, 2022. (Photo by Pascal GUYOT / AFP) (Photo by PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)
Rennes' French forward Martin Terrier reacts after scoring his team's first goal during the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Rennes at The Mosson Stadium in Montpellier, southern France, on February 25, 2022. (Photo by Pascal GUYOT / AFP) (Photo by PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)

And this is exactly the reason why Choudhury should be on the top of his game. Martin Terrier has been on fire for Rennes this season, pitching in with thirteen goals and one assist in Ligue 1 this season from the left wing position, proving to be a big reason why Rennes are in the running for Champions League football this season.
 

The former Lyon man has clearly found a home in Rennes' ranks and will certainly want to take advantage of Choudhury's lack of experience as a right back. His tricky feet could very well prove too much for him.

How To Watch...

Leicester City vs Rennes is available to watch on BT Sport ESPN, kicking off at 8PM(GMT).

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