Astana vs Rennes
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 4th October 2018
Kick-off at 15:50 UK/ 16:50 CET
Venue: Astana Arena.
Astana made a positive start to their Europa League campaign by holding Dinamo Zagreb to a 2-2 away draw on matchday 1. It was a tight contest in all honesty and needed an injury time goal from Roman Murtazayev to steal a point from the Croatians.
The reigning Kazak champions have a good account of themselves while playing at the home turf and they will eyeing full three points against the Ligue 1 outfit this Thursday.
Rennes did have a bright start to the competitive season when they picked 2 wins and a draw from the first 4 matches of the season. But, things took a rapid U-turn and they failed to win in 4 league games since.
However, the Red and Blacks did manage to celebrate their return Europe with a win. A late goal fell in that match as well, a Hatem Ben Arfa penalty denying the Czech Republic outfit a share of the spoils.
Rennes last appeared in Europa League group stage back in 2011. They failed to register a win back then, this time they have a head start. It remained to be seen if head coach Sabri Lamouchi can lift the spirits of this team after the turbulent weeks in domestic league.
Astana vs Rennes: Head-to-head
The teams are going against each other for the first time in a competitive fixture.
This is also Astana’s first ever encounter with a French club, same for Rennes against a team from Kazakhstan.
Astana vs Rennes: Prediction
Astana are a dominant force in Kazakhstan and they often managed to bring the good vibes to European nights. We saw their best last season when they made it to the round of 16 before bowing out to Portuguese giants Sporting CP.
On top of that, we have to mention about their competitive streak at home. This is because they are a side that lost just 5 of the 25 home matches in combined Champions and Europa League so far.
Rennes are not in the best shape and they had struggled in European away nights historically. Nine defeats from last 12 road games in Europe with a whopping 2.1 goal conceded per game during the period prompt us to look at nothing beyond a home win on Thursday night.
On the other hand, Rennes have scored in every home and away matches this season. Thus value can be found in backing the combination of both teams to score and over 2.5 goals for juicy
Astana vs Rennes Betting Tips
FT – Astana to win @ 11/8 (2.38),
BTTS and Over 2.5 goals @ 8/5 (2.60) odd.