Rennes vs Arsenal: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds

Europa League Rennes vs Arsenal
Europa League Rennes vs Arsenal

Thursday, March 7th 2019, @12:55
Stade de la Route de Lorient
Round 16 Leg 1/2


Rennes 3.64| Draw 3.37| Arsenal 2.04

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Predictions | Betting Tips | Odds | Statistics

Arsenal proved against BATE they can be weak away from home in the Europa League with Rennes eager to get any sort of advantage prior to the second leg.

Predictions

Arsenal are understandably big favourites to progress to the Europa League quarter-finals with popular sportsbooks but that is not to say the tie is over before its even begun.

As French outfit Rennes prepare to face English opposition for the very first time, head coach Julien Stéphan will no doubt have shown his squad the Gunners’ shock loss away to BATE Borisov in the last round as a way to motivate his side.

Of course, Arsenal came through the second leg well in order to progress but that show of weakness revealed a chink in the Arsenal armoury that Rennes will aim to exploit.

However, Rennes will need to at the top of their game after an indifferent season that has already seen the man who guided the club to fifth last season, Sabri Lamouchi, sacked back in December after a poor run of form.

Since taking over, Julien Stéphan has guided his side to 13 wins from his 20 matches in charge including two wins and a draw in his last three.

That is impressive form, but Arsenal have hardly been idle themselves and against tougher opposition.

In fact, the Gunners travel to France with three wins and a draw from their last four including a 3-0 home thumping of BATE and 1-1 draw away at arch rivals Tottenham.

With the Gunners embroiled in a bitter fight for fourth place, it is likely Unai Emery will not field his strongest XI but a side more than capable of picking up the draw.

As Arsenal only conceded twice in the group stages and Rennes only scored seven times throughout the groups, expect the Gunners to be happy to take a 0-0 back to the Emirates in a stale evening of action.

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Score Predictions

Betting Tips

  • Under 1.5 goals

Arsenal only conceded twice throughout the entire group stage campaign but also failed to score in their last Europa League away day making this a top bet with the best online betting sites in the goals market. 

  • At least one side to keep a clean sheet 

A no-brainer this one, Rennes only netted seven times in the group stages and Arsenal only twice and failed to score the last Europa League away game. 

Odds

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Statistics

Head To Head

This will be the first ever meeting between the two in UEFA competition.

Remarkably, it will also be the first time the French club has ever faced English opposition in competitive action having only faced Rangers and Celtic from the British Isles.

Stats

  • Rennes have never played English opposition in a competitive match.
  • Arsenal overcame BATE Borisov 3-1 on aggregate in the last round.
  • Rennes won through 6-4 on aggregate against Real Betis to make the last 16.
  • Ismaila Sarr is Rennes’ top scorer in the competition with three.
  • Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech played for Rennes between 2002 and 2004, before moving to Chelsea.

 


Rennes 3.64| Draw 3.37| Arsenal 2.04

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