Rennes v Arsenal Preview, Betting Tips And Enhanced Odds – Europa League Last 16, First Leg

Betting preview, tips and enhanced odds for Arsenal’s Europa League last 16, first leg clash with Rennes.

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With three consecutive league wins and a draw in the North London Derby, Arsenal will come into their Europa League last 16 first leg clash away to Rennes in a confident mood. Form Labs breaks down the action with their betting preview and tips for the game and don’t forget to head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our selection of enhanced odds available.

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Arsenal’s Away Form Questionable

The Gunners were given a scare away at Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov in the first leg of the previous round, before easing to a 3-0 success back at the Emirates, but Unai Emery will want to avoid making life tough for themselves with another poor result on the road in this last 16 tie.

However, Arsenal’s away form doesn’t make for pleasant reading as they’re just W2-D3-L5 since the start of December, with their sole successes coming at League One Blackpool and the hapless Huddersfield.

Rennes Offer A Stiff Challenge

Their hosts here should offer a more concrete challenge and after enduring a poor opening few months to the campaign, Rennes have won eight of 12 unbeaten fixtures at Roazhon Park since early December.

Those 12 matches have coincided with new management as Julien Stephan took over from Sabri Lamouchi, and he made an instant impact as Rennes won his opening five games at the helm home or away.

Indeed, they beat Lyon 2-0 in his very first game and he’s also showed an ability to compete in Europe as they downed a much-fancied Real Betis 6-4 over two pulsating legs.

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Rennes Boosted By Change Of Schedule

Although Arsenal can boast many more years of experience in European competitions, with this the first time that Rennes have reached the last 16, the visitors will have had eight days off to rest and prepare by the time this fixture is played.

They‘ve been helped by the French authorities, who have postponed their scheduled clash with Nimes as they’re keen for greater success in Europe to boost Ligue 1’s UEFA co-efficient points.

Moreover, Rennes can give this their full attention with a comfortable mid-table position in Ligue 1 and 18th-placed Caen to host at the weekend, whereas the two legs of this tie sandwich the Gunners’ clash with an in-form Man Utd in a crucial battle in the race for Champions League football next term.

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Rennes v Arsenal Betting Tips

Even excluding PSG since their Qatari investment, who of course are a cut above their compatriots and excellent on home turf, French sides are still a respectable W5-D7-L2 hosting English teams in first leg knockout games in European competitions since 1996/97.

Both defeats finished 1-0 and these have typically been low-scoring affairs, with 10 featuring fewer than three goals as seven saw a maximum of one strike.

As such, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the last seven of these since 2002/03 have been all square at half-time, with six goalless, though this one could prove an exception with both sides good going forwards.

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