Arsenal v Rennes Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 14/03/19
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Arsenal v Rennes and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Europa League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Arsenal v Rennes Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 14/03/19
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport 1
Arsenal go into Thursday’s Europa League clash against Rennes needing to overturn a 3-1 score line. They produced a strange display in France and they’ll need to pick up where they left off against Manchester United in their last Premier League game.
The Gunners have an impressive home record this season and they’ll look to lean on that to drag them through to the next round. Manager Unai Emery has a great record in this competition and with the race for Champions League football next season being a close one, I think he’ll look to keep fielding a strong team in order to have a give his side two great chances of Champions League qualification.
Aubameyang is set to start up front.
Lucas Torreira is suspended in the league on Sunday so he’s expected to start in midfield.
The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Petr Cech and Mesut Ozil are also pushing for recalls Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck remain out with long-term injuries.
The visitors have Hamari Traore back from suspension and he should make an immediate return at Right-Back.
James Lea Siliki is expected to be back available after recovering from injury.
Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscienly, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang
Potential Rennes Starting XI: Koubek; Traore, Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini, Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Bourigeaud. Ben Arfa, Hunou
Head to Head
- Last week’s clash was the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.
- The Gunners have faced French opposition on 25 previous occasions, 12 of those at home, where they have only been victorious in 5 of those matches.
Key Stats & Facts
- Rennes sole experience of English opposition before this tie was a 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup Semi-Final against Aston Villa that they lost on away goals after leading in the first leg.
- Arsenal 3/10
- Draw 91/17
- Rennes 10/1
For Arsenal to win this game they’re obviously going to have to find the back of the net on more than one occasion. The Gunners’ home form of late leads me to think that they’ve got the bottle to drag themselves through this tie. The performance against United in their last game showed how quickly Arsenal are able to learn under Unai Emery and they’ll need that ability to shine through in this game.
So goals are what Arsenal need to progress and I think they’ll look to start with Aubameyang as the main striker due to Lacazette not being available. Aubameyang found the back of the net in his last game from the penalty spot and the Gabon international now has 20 goals in 39 games in all competitions this season which is a goal every 1.95 games. He is 4/5 to score at any time during this game which I think is a good option with him being the focal point of attack and the penalty taker of the side.
Arsenal are heavy favourites to win the match and with the home record they possess I believe that’s fair. Rennes have also been a bit patchy away from home only losing 3 games out of their last 5. They French side do however know how to find the back of the net having scored in 13 of their last 14 competitive away outings. They have some great attacking talent in the form of Benjamin Bourigeaud, Adrien Honou and the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa. I have mentioned that Arsenal have been impressive at home this season and they have keep 3 clean sheets in their last 4 games but I think that could come under threat when Rennes come to visit. Both teams to score in this match is 10/11 (Betway) I think this is a good angle to have as Rennes are already ahead in the tie and they don’t strike me as the type of side who are able to just sit back and soak up pressure for 90 minutes. They’ll want to spring Ben Arfa out of his PSG dog house and let him create chances for them on the break.
Arsenal will look to attack and get forward as much as possible on Thursday but as I mentioned before they will need to be wear of the counter attack. If they concede a goal it makes qualifying for the next round a lot harder and I think that Granit Xhaka might have to take one for the team and break up any counter attacks that Rennes have. Xhaka has 10 yellow cards in 32 games this season which is a card every 3.2 games. He is priced at 11/5 (Unibet) to be shown a card on Thursday.