Rennes vs Arsenal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Our tipster thinks that goals could prove to be at something of a premium when Unai Emery's men travel to France in the Europa League on Thursday

Arsenal face a testing trip to take on Rennes in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday night.

The Gunners have won just two of their last 10 matches away from home in all competitions. Indeed, Unai Emery's men were beaten in Borisov in the previous round of this competition.

Rennes, by contrast, are unbeaten in their last 12 matches at Roazhon Park. Julien Stephan's side, then, will be confident of taking a lead into next week's return leg in north London.

Latest odds

Nevertheless, it is Arsenal who are bet365's favourites to seize the initiative in the tie. The odds compilers offer even money (2.0) that Emery's men claim victory on French soil.

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Rennes are chalked up as a 3/1 (4.0) chance with bet365 to inflict yet more away-day misery on the Gunners. The same firm go 11/5 (3.20) that Thursday's first-leg fixture ends all square.

Team news

Ludovic Baal, Abdoulaye Diallo, James Lea Siliki and Jordan Siebatcheu are all doubtful for the hosts. Rafik Guitane and Romain Danze are long-term absentees.

Arsenal hope to have Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sead Kolasinac available. Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin remain sideline whilst Alexandre Lacazette serves the second of a three-match ban.

Goals aplenty

Arsenal have scored in nine of their last 10 matches and Rennes have failed to find the net in just one of their last 14 home matches in all competitions.

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As such, bet365's 7/10 (1.70) quote for goals at both ends may well prove popular with punters ahead of Thursday's tussle. The same firm go 10/11 (1.91) that there are more than two goals scored.

Keeping things tight

There have, however, been goals at both ends in just one of Arsenal's last 10 away matches in this competition. Indeed, Emery's men have conceded just once in four away ties in the Europa League this season.

It is worth noting, too, that Arsenal have lost just one of their last 11 home ties in this competition. The Gunners may feel that another solid showing could offer them a platform on which to build in the return leg.

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Arsenal can be backed at 7/4 (2.75) with bet365 to keep Rennes out at Roazhon Park. The same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that the Gunners win without conceding against the Ligue 1 outfit.

Prediction

Value could lie in backing a tight tussle when the Gunners go to France on Thursday and the 10/11 (1.91) quote from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored could provide a path to profit here.

Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) for a 1pt stake at bet365

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