Rennes vs Dynamo Kyiv
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stade Yves-Allainmat – Le Moustoir (Lorient).
Rennes host Dynamo Kyiv in the Group K derby on Thursday evening at Stade Yves-Allainmat. These two sides entered the campaign as favourites to advance from this group, but Jablonec and Astana (in particular) proved out to be tough rivals so far in the competition.
Rennes somehow managed to clinch the narrow 2-1 victory over Jablonec on the opening day, but they went on to lose 2-0 away at Astana in the second round. Les Rouges et Noirs might thus put their knockout phase ambitions in jeopardize with a failure here against the third-placed Dynamo Kyiv side.
The visitors had a two-goal cushion early on last time out against Jablonec, but only to allow the Czech outfit to come back and save a point through Michal Travnik late equalizer in the second half.
Rennes vs Dynamo Kyiv: Head-to-head
The two teams will take on each other for the first time ever on Thursday night.
Rennes vs Dynamo Kyiv: Prediction
Rennes played hot and cold so far in the season in Ligue 1. They sit right in the middle of the ladder with three wins, three draws and four defeats in ten games so far. The head coach Sabri Lamouchi has reasons to be satisfied with the most recent results, though, given his men took four points from two tough away fixture against Monaco (1-2 win) and Saint-Etienne (1-1 draw).
Dynamo, on the other side, made it five victories on the spin in their domestic league. They are now just two points shy of fierce rivals Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of the standings after 12 rounds of the competition. What is interesting to mention is the rise in Dynamo’s defensive form given the visitors did not concede a single goal in last five league matches.
Aleksandr Khatskevich will likely park the bus against the Ligue 1 opposition here encouraged by his team’s rock-solid defense in the last couple of weeks. We will thus back the Under 2.5 goals FT as the main betting option at 1.61, while Rennes Under 1.5 Team Goals is the alternative pick at 1.50.
Rennes vs Dynamo Kyiv: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
Rennes Under 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.50 (1/2).