Real Betis vs Rennes: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, February 21st, 2019, @15:00
These two played out a six goal thriller in the first leg and home fans will be hoping that those away goals will prove vital for Betis.
Real Betis dominated their French opponents in the first leg – with a staggering 75% of possession – but still needed a late goal to give them the draw. The Spanish side will be confident of using home advantage in the second leg to see them through but Rennes could give them a few problems.
At half time in the first leg Rennes must have though they were virtually assured of a Europa League round of 16 berth. Hatem Ben Arfa’s penalty had just made it 3-1 and the French side were celebrating. But Betis scored two goals in the last half an hour of the match to change the look of this tie completely and now Rennes have it all to do.
Betis are enjoying a good season in a very tight La Liga, sitting just outside the European spots going into this second leg. But they have only won two of the last seven league games and will be hoping that the Europa League doesn’t take up too much of their energy over the rest of the season.
Rennes have turned their season around after starting slowly in Ligue 1 and now sports betting sites are starting to shorten their odds of qualifying for Europe again this season. But getting a result in Betis will be tough now and the home side could end up winning this 2-1.
Betis to win and both teams to score
The first leg result showed that neither of these sides have the tightest of defences and if Betis do win it is likely that Rennes will score as well.
Total goals over 5.5
It is a long shot but if Betis and Rennes repeat the result of the first leg then it will be good for bettors.
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The 3-3 draw in Rennes was the first time that these two sides had ever played each other.
Real Betis were unbeaten in the group stage – winning three and drawing three of their six matches.
This is Rennes’ first European campaign since the 2011-12 season when they finished last in a Europa League group including Atletico Madrid, Celtic and Udinese.
Betis are one of three Spanish sides still left in this season’s Europa League. All three were undefeated in their first leg matches.
Rennes only had three points after four group stage matches – but back to back victories over Jablonec and Astana saw the French side go through as runners up to Dynamo Kyiv.