Rennes vs Arsenal
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Roazhon Park (Rennes).
Arsenal travel to Roazhon Park to battle Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in the first leg of their last 32 round tie on Thursday. It is quite a challenging draw for the Gunners as the French team proved strength by bagging six goals in the last 32 round match-up with Spanish Real Betis.
Rennes got off to a poor kick off to their group stage campaign with three defeats in four opening affairs. However, two clean sheet wins over Jablonec and Astana booked them a place in the knockout phase. They revealed the full attacking potential against defensively vulnerable Betis’ side there and deservedly advanced to R16.
Les Rouges et Noirs will come into this high on confidence after moving on to the Coupe de France semi-final. They are unbeaten in last 12 home matches in all competitions, 11 of which saw them bag at least a goal.
Rennes vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
The two likes did not have the opportunity to lock horns so far.
Rennes vs Arsenal: Prediction
Arsenal stormed their way to an easy first-place finish in their respective Europa League group. They won five and drew one of six matches in the process. Unai Emery’s men did struggle in the last 32 round tie with Belarusian champions BATE. They shockingly lost the first leg 1-0 in spite of dominating the pitch throughout 90 minutes of play.
The Spanish manager proved how important a deep Europa League run is to him by bringing the strongest squad possible on the field in the reverse fixture. It paid off as Arsenal eased past BATE 3-0 at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners generally play much better in front of their fans. They won only two of last ten matches on the road which is why we will skip away win bets here. Since Rennes played attacking-minded football in the last 32 round tie with Betis, we would be surprised to see any of these two sides keeping their net untouched on the occasion.
Rennes vs Arsenal: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10)
Draw at the half time @ 2.20 (6/5).