Rennes vs Arsenal predictions, preview and betting tips for the Europa League last 16 first leg in France this week. The Gunners are overwhelming favourites to qualify from this tie but they’ll need to be aware of another potential first leg upset. See our predictions and betting tips below.
The French side go into this tie with Arsenal in really good form. They have only lost one of their last eight matches and on home soil, they have not been beaten in their last 12 matches. This will be no easy game for Arsenal and Unai Emery will be well aware of the dangers of the French side.
This campaign will go down in history as Rennes’ most successful European campaign ever and they won’t want to to end at the last 16 stage. Their priority here should be to keep Arsenal from scoring but that looks a difficult task as they have only managed one clean sheet in their last five fixtures.
Arsenal were shocked in the away leg of their last round tie when BATE Borisov beat them 1-0 in Bulgaria but the Gunners bounced back to win the return leg3-0 at the Emirates. They have been poor on the road all season so we’re predicting both teams will score in this one, giving Arsenal the vital away goal.
Lacazette will be missing from both legs of this tie after picking up a two match ban following his sending off against BATE in the last round, so Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be responsible for leading the Arsenal line.
Arsenal have been sharing their Europa League goals around the side this season and four players are currently sat on two goals – two of them are defenders, one is the injured Danny Welbeck and he other is Aubameyang. For our anytime goalscorer bet on this match though, we’re going to back Mesut Ozil to get another goal as he continues to play his way back into the first 11.
Ozil scored a brilliant goal in the 5-1 win over Bournemouth recently and is expected to start the match given that Lacazette is suspended. The German was out of favour for a long period of the season but we’re hoping he gets back to his best and gives us another winning bet on Thursday’s Europa League tie.
The last of the three betting tips for this game is going to be a correct score prediction and we’re backing Arsenal to take a narrow lead back to North London. Despite the home record of Rennes, they conceded three in their last round home tie against Real Betis before putting up a fantastic display in Spain to win the tie and Arsenal’s quality should see them edge this one. We’re not expecting an easy victory though so the correct score prediction to round off our Rennes vs Arsenal betting tips is for Arsenal to win the match 2-1.
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