Arsenal vs Rennes (By: Hardcore)
MkArsenal's defense is in trouble without Sokratis Papastathopoulos. This 186 cm tall Greek defender is the key to strong backline for Arsenal and without him in a game where they can't concede more but they already did 3 from this same team, things could get real messy for gunners.
Injuries and suspensions for Arsenal are Sokratis, Wellbeck, Bellerin and Holding, Mkhitaryan doubtful. Rennes with Johansson and Diallo set as doubtful while Niang and Traore will see their return after their yellow card suspensions have expired and that is important, both quality players for Rennes.
With 3-1 score on aggregate for Rennes and without Sokratis who is the best defender and leader of Arsenal's backline, Rennes have absolute advantage over Asenal in terms of qualifying here. In last 10 games Rennes have lost only once against Reims and with 7 wins and 2 draws their record is superior to that of Arsenal that have lost 3 times and two times those were Europa Leauge games to BATE and Rennes away.
That one Reims away loss of Rennes was set in between Real Betis games so you must take that into consideration. First game finished 3-3 in Rennes so Betis with 3 away goals had big home advantage and it was expected that Rennes won't go as hard in league game in Reims away from home. It payed off with 1-3 away win in Betis and secured them this Arsenal clash. So if you consider that then you could say that Rennes in last 13 games had only that and PSG away losses which both can be justified.
Arsenal are in to deep with 3-1 and Rennes with away goal here could kill their chances. No Sokratis and Niang back with Traore could be too much for Arsenal. Mustafi and Koscielny partnership is not good enough to sustain a clean sheet here and in my opinion Rennes will score one or more in London. Arsenal have used all of their luck of losing the first leg and then trying to comeback in the second one at home like with BATE, but BATE had 1-0 not 3-1 like much better team Rennes. I think their journey in Europa Leauge ends here.
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Arsenal vs Rennes prediction
Rennes +1.5Odds: 2.25 at Pinnacle
Result: 3-0 LOST (-10 units)
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