For some, a great European night means spine-tingling atmospheres at Old Trafford, Anfield or Stamford Bridge. While the Emirates is a magnificent, world-class stadium, it’s hardly an intimidating bearpit that most of us would like it to be. Nonetheless, it’s slowly becoming a fearsome fortress under the management of Unai Emery.
Arsenal has some stellar home form this season. With Manchester United missing various chances last weekend, Arsenal scooped the win 2-0, seriously boosting their chance of clinching the top four. That made it the fifth home win in a row for Arsenal in all competitions. Emery is creating a home consistency just like he did in
Against all the odds, Arsenal not only managed to rise above United on Sunday, but they’ve also recorded home victories against Chelsea and Tottenham. They’ve also won 11 of their last 13 matches at home in all competitions. Arsenal also rose to overcome Bate Borisov in the last round, beating them 3-0 at home after losing 1-0 away.
Arsenal Team News
Having missed the first leg, Alexandre Lacazette’s will be available to face Rennes following a reduced suspension. However, Sokratis is still on suspension following his clumsy dismissal in the first leg. Torreira also has a good chance to play after a domestic ban, with Emery set to shuffle his pack slightly. Mesut Ozil might be on the bench in this game despite surprisingly starting the last two matches. Mkhitaryan remains an injury doubt, despite missing the 2-0 win against United last weekend. Additionally, Xhaka will be serving a one-match ban in the UEFA Europa league if booked again tonight against Rennes.
Rennes Have Developed A System, But Will It Work?
In their last three Europa League matches, Rennes has scored over two goals, making it at least three total goals in each match. That means bettors can expect over 2.5 goals in this match with odds at Betway ranging around 1.42.
Last week Rennes had an excellent performance against Arsenal, attacking with intensity and pace while being roared by their passionate fans. Winger Ismaila Sarr posed a significant threat before getting his well-deserved goal which came late courtesy of a diving header. Today, Rennes is set to take on its biggest Europa league challenge yet; though no evidence shows they might pass. Recently losing 4-1 to PSG, Julien Stephan’s men also lost to Astana and Dynamo Kiev in the group stage. Moreover, they’ve won only four matches out of 13 away Ligue 1 matches.
Rennes Team News
Rennes will be welcoming Hamari Traore back from suspension, taking his right-back position from Mehdi Zeffane. Centre-back Damien Da Silva and Zeffane will be on a one-match ban in the Europa league, while Lea Siliki is back from an injury though not expected to start tonight. Nonetheless, Benjamin Andre is well-rested after missing their last weekend’s victory over Caen due to an injury.
Being 3:1 down from the first leg, Arsenal is trading at 1.25 on Betway, an understandable range given their current home form. The gunners are highly confident following the 2-0 win against Manchester United, and they’re expecting to replicate that performance with Lacazette back. However, Rennes have a great chance of making it to the quarter-finals and can cause huge problems for Arsenal with an away goal.
But I fully expect Arsenal to win 3-0 and go through to the next round…