Arsenal vs Rennes: Gunners set to fire in return fixture

Arsenal vs Rennes: Gunners set to fire in return fixture

Kick-off: 2000, 14/03/2019

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

TV: BT Sport

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What Trueform says for Arsenal vs Rennes

Arsenal face an uphill battle to qualify for the Europa League quarter-finals after losing 3-1 away to Rennes but will go all out to turn the tie around in London.

The Gunners are 11/10 to advance and Unai Emery is sure to urge his players to push forward at every opportunity at Emirates Stadium.

That could leave them open at the back, though, so 17/10 for a home win and both teams to score is our main Arsenal vs Rennes prediction ahead of the second leg.

A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds

Arsenal were without the suspended Alexandre Lacazette in France but got off to a flying start and led after just three minutes through Alex Iwobi’s cross-cum-shot.

However, Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up two bookings in a seven-minute spell and that seemed to galvanise Rennes, both on and off the pitch.

Emery commented: “I am positive in the first 40 minutes because I think, with respect to them, we imposed our gameplay in these moments.

“We can maybe score a second goal because we deserved to, but after it is really very different in the match.

“But we are going to think, for the next week; we are going to start 11 against 11, without Sokratis and without Lacazette, but we have players.”

The Gunners have been strong at home this term and will look to hit the ground running again here, so 19/20 they lead at half-time and full-time takes the eye from the Arsenal vs Rennes odds.

A Look At Rennes’ Betting Odds

Rennes are only a mid-table outfit in Ligue 1 but had served notice of their potential when beating Real Betis 3-1 in Spain in the previous round to progress 6-4 on aggregate.

They enjoyed a little luck against Arsenal via a Nacho Monreal own goal, but that came after Benjamin Bourigeaud struck a stunning equaliser.

A late Ismaila Sarr header sent the passionate home fans wild at Roazhon Park, with the 21-year-old Senegal star showing why he had attracted interest from Barcelona before joining Julien Stephan’s side.

Former Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa was also lively going forward and it will be tough for the Gunners to keep a clean sheet in London.

Midfielder Benjamin Andre knows the tie is not over, but he declared: “We did exactly what we had to do.

“We put them under a lot of pressure. We showed a lot of enthusiasm and the atmosphere was extraordinary. We’ll have to produce the best performance possible at Arsenal to qualify.”

We wouldn’t be surprised to see this tie go all the way to extra-time, with 10/1 for the Gunners to prevail 3-1 in the second leg added to our Arsenal vs Rennes betting tips.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

RENNES 3-1 ARSENAL – Benjamin Bourigeaud, Nacho Monreal (og), Ismaila Sarr + Alex Iwobi

Previous head-to-head: N/A

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