Rennes v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 07/03/19

Rennes v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Rennes v Arsenal and provides us with his best bets for Thursday's Europa League tie by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Rennes v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 07/03/19
  • Time: 17:55
  • Venue: Stade de la Route-de-Lorient
  • Channel: BT Sport

Rennes come into this clash in great form, unbeaten in their last three and securing their passage through to the semi-finals of the French Cup.

The hosts sit in 10th spot in Ligue 1 and with only one defeat in their last eight games, they look to be a club on the up in France.

Spanish side Real Betis were knocked out in the last round of the Europa League by Rennes as the French side won 3-1 away and 6-4 on aggregate.

Following their draw in the north London derby, Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Europa League ahead of their crunch tie with Manchester United on the weekend.

Arsenal advanced to the round-of-16 by beating BATE Borisov 3-1 on aggregate after losing the first-leg 1-0.

The Gunners made it to the semi-final stage last season after losing to eventual winners Atletico Madrid and Unai Emery will be hoping his joy in the Europa League continues with Arsenal.

Team News

Rennes will be without Jordan Siebatcheu, Romain Danze, Abdoulaye Diallo, Ludovic Baal with injuries while Hamari Traore misses out due to suspension. James Lea Siliki may have recovered in time for the visit of Arsenal.

The Gunners will be without Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding who are all sidelined with injuries.

Alexandre Lacazette is still suspended in European games for Arsenal, therefore Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be the lone striker for the Gunners.

Lucas Torreira's suspension for domestic competitions means that he will probably feature here.

Potential Rennes Starting XI: Koubek, Bensebaini, Mexer, Silva, Zeffane, Niang, Grenier, Andre, Sarr, Hunou, Ben Arfa

Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Torreira, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang

Head To Head

  • Arsenal 0, Draws 0, Rennes 0.
  • This is the first meeting between the two sides.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Arsenal have won one of their last eight round-of-16 ties in European competitions.
  • The Gunners have won 14 of their 24 meetings with French sides.
  • This is Rennes' first meeting with an English side in a European competition.

Betting Odds

  • Rennes 3/1
  • Draw 23/9
  • Arsenal 15/14

The Verdict

Despite Rennes being in good form and solid in front of their own fans, Unai Emery will be desperate his side win to give them confidence heading into their clash with Manchester United.

Aubameyang will lead the line for the visitors and he will be eager to bounce back from his penalty miss against Spurs by showcasing his goalscoring prowess against Rennes.

However, BATE Borisov proved Arsenal can be beaten by the underdog and Rennes will be desperate to grab a historic win.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang anytime goalscorer 6/4 (BoyleSports)