Big Game Focus: Rennes v Arsenal

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Arsenal make a short trip to France to face an in-form Rennes side in the Europa League Round of 16 as they try to build on their decent form. You can bet on this match here.

Rennes eliminated a much fancied Real Betis side in the previous round. They sit tenth in Ligue 1 and will look to make things difficult for the visitors who’ve struggled on their travels.

Arsenal, on the other hand, travel to France as they seek to build on their four-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. Arsenal will look to seal the deal early since the Europa League is the only genuine chance of silverware for the Gunners.

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An important win evaded Arsenal by the narrowest of margins in the North London Derby, a win that could have capped a good run of form for the Gunners. Manager Unai Emery has won the Europa League three times and it has reached a point where he’ll want to play a full strength team. Therefore you can back an Arsenal Double Chance at odds of 1.30.

Arsenal have hit seven goals in their last four away ties in this competition. Rennes have failed to score at home once in ten matches in all competition so both teams find a lot of joy going forward. You can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.70.

Rennes scored six times in the Round of 32 against Real Betis a result which should give Arsenal’s defence some serious concern. Moreover, six of their last ten matches have seen three or more goals scored. In Arsenal last ten matches in all competitions, six matches have witnessed Over 2.5 Goals. Therefore, you can back Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.90.   

Team news

Rennes are expected to be without Abdoulaye Diallo, M'Baye Niang and Romain Danze, while Hamari Traore is suspended.

Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined for Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette is banned after his red card against BATE in the Round of 32.

Possible line-ups

Rennes: Koubek, Zeffane, Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini, Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Del Castillo, Ben Arfa, Hunou

Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang