Arsenal v Rennes Europa League betting preview and tips

21:00 Thu 14 Mar
Football
Europe
Europa League
Tip: Rennes to qualify
Units: 1/5
Odds: -143

Arsenal face an uphill struggle when it comes to reaching the last eight of the Europa League after losing 3-1 at Roazhon Park last week, with Alex Iwobi giving the Gunners an early lead only for the English side to concede three times.

Arsenal were the better team during the opening exchanges although the red card brandished to Sokratis really changed the game and it means that Rennes will arrive at the Emirates Stadium with a two-goal advantage to cling hold of.

Rennes did enjoy two high-scoring matches against Real Betis in the previous round, drawing 3-3 at home before a 3-1 win in Spain, so it’s unlikely that the Ligue 1 side will be content to rest on their defensive laurels and try to manage the game from that angle.

They scored some fantastic goals against the Gunners and know that finding the net in London will mean their opponents will need to score three times merely to take the tie into extra-time.

While Rennes sit in a modest tenth position in their domestic league, their recent form has been very good, with only one defeat suffered in the past nine encounters and former Newcastle player Hatem Ben Arfa has been in excellent form.

Arsenal have been pretty strong in front of their own supporters this season, although they are prone to defensive lapses and the absence of Sokratis in the middle of the defence could make them even more vulnerable.

While Emery will instruct his team to pour forward and attack Rennes, there’s the feeling that the visitors will have confidence from winning that first leg and particularly the way that they bagged that late third goal.

That late goal has swung the tie in favour of the French side and we’re happy to back them at 1.70 to qualify and essentially have a two-goal headstart against a team who will have come off the back of a tough clash against Manchester United.

BETTING TIP
Rennes to qualify @ 1.70 with bet365

Team News

Arsenal: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Rennes: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Petr Cech
  • 31
    Sead Kolasinac
  • 18
    Nacho Monreal
  • 06
    Laurent Koscielny
  • 20
    Shkodran Mustafi
  • 34
    Granit Xhaka
  • 08
    Aaron Ramsey
  • 14
    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
  • 10
    Mesut Özil
  • 15
    Ainsley Maitland-Niles
  • 09
    Alexandre Lacazette
  • 40
    Tomáš Koubek
  • 27
    Hamari Traore
  • 03
    Damien Da Silva
  • 04
    Edson Andre Sitoe Mexer
  • 15
    Ramy Bensebaini
  • 14
    Benjamin Bourigeaud
  • 21
    Benjamin Andre
  • 08
    Clément Grenier
  • 07
    Ismaïla Sarr
  • 18
    Hatem Ben Arfa
  • 11
    Mbaye Niang