UEFA Europa League: Arsenal vs Rennes preview


Arsenal are looking to overturn a two-goal deficit when they host Ligue 1 side Rennes at the Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League last-sixteen tie. The French side pulled off a surprise in the first leg by winning it 3-1 after Alex Iwobi had scored to put the Gunners ahead just four minutes into the game. Central defender Sokratis Papasthatopoulos got sent off in the 41st minute and then Rennes fired three goals past Petr Cech, including an own-goal from Spanish defender Nacho Monreal. That was the first ever direct meeting between these two teams.

Arsenal need a 2-0 victory to advance to the quarter-finals, exactly the result that they achieved last weekend in the Premier League against Manchester United. That result moved the Gunners up to fourth place in the league table and it also was the fifth consecutive home victory in all competitions. Arsenal have not won an European competition since the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup, a very long drought for such a big club. Sokratis Papasthatopoulos is suspended for this match after getting sent off in the first leg, but Alexandre Lacazette will be available after his suspension was reduced to the two games that he had already served. Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck remain on the injured list.

Rennes have performed pretty well in the UEFA Europa League this season, even though some might say they had an easy group. The finished second in their group behind Dynamo Kyiv and ahead of FC Astana and Jablonec, but in the first knockout round they went past LaLiga side Betis after a 3-3 draw at home and a 3-1 victory in Spain. Last week Rennes grabbed a 3-1 victory over Caen, their third consecutive victory in all competitions, and moved up to eighth place in the Ligue 1 table. Jordan Siebatcheu, Romain Danze, Abdoulaye Diallo and Ludovic Baal are injured.

Probable line-ups:

Arsenal: Cech - Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal - Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac - Ramsey, Iwobi - Lacazette

Rennes: Koubek - Traore, Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini - Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Bourigeaud - Ben Arfa, Hounou

My prediction: Arsenal to win 4-1, the Gunners are capable of pulling off the fightback but Rennes should be able to score in London.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Arsenal win - 1.30
Draw - 6.00
Rennes win - 11.00

Sports Events

Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    20/3/19

    Arsenal have done a great job to overcome the deficit from the first leg in the opening quarter of a hour in that.

    Yeah, we could always expect they'd be capable of doing that despite the loss but you never know, one early Rennes goal could of inspire visitors but obviously the Gunners didn't allowed that.

    They've been drawn probably the toughest opponent for the quarters though.

Login to post a comment:


 
 

Click Here to register a new account

What's going on right now!

33s ago someone from us flag United States read article The Future of Football Betting

Sports Community

Share this page on:
Follow LSB on:
Follow LSB

Join Now for full access

In the last 24h

Totals

  • New Members
    3
  • Members Online
    12
  • Guests
    1,086



eighteen plus only

Follow LSB on Facebook Follow LSB on Twitter Follow LSB on Pinterest Follow LSB on Google plus