ARS vs REN Dream11 Match Prediction | Rennes vs Arsenal Europa League Match Preview | Fantasy Team & Team News
Arsenal are on a trip to France to take on Rennes in the last 16 in Europa League. The Gunners had a scare in the round of 32 when BATE stunned them in a 1-0 first leg loss. Hence, the English outfit must be determined to not be complacent this time around. Rennes would have liked a much easier tie than this one, but the French side will have to do it the hard way – if they are to progress.
Competition – UEFA Europa League | Round of 16, 1st leg
Venue – Roazhon Park, Rennes, Brittany
Date & Time – 7th March | 11:25 PM IST
Rennes fought very hard to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League. The Ligue 1 side had lost 3 of their first 4 games in the group stages of the competition. In such a precarious situation, Rennes rose to the occasion and secured passage to the round of 32 with a memorable 3-1 win against the fancied Real Betis. Understandably, the French side would have hoped for some leeway by getting a suitable opponent and surely not one of the competition favourites like Arsenal. Rennes will now have to give everything if they are to knock Arsenal out over 2 legs of the tie.
Arsenal, on the other hand, had a caution alarm against BATE and they should learn from that quickly. The Gunners cannot let the foot off steam and invite trouble in the round of 16 as the competition is heading into the deeper stages. The North London team has a good chance of qualifying for Champions League football by winning the Europa League. The top 4 race in the premier league is already heating up, with 4 teams vying up for 3rd and the 4th spot. Hence, Arsenal have to realize that Europa League win could be the easier route for them to be in the Champions League next season.
Rennes – D L W D W
Arsenal – L W W W D
Probable Playing XIs
Rennes – Koubek; Zeffane, Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini; Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Niang; Ben Arfa; Hunou
Arsenal – Cech; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Aubameyang
Fantasy picks from Rennes
1. Hatim Ben Arfa
The silky Arfa is perhaps in the best form of his life. One of the most skilled players in the world, Arfa might be out for revenge against his former coach who did not play him often at PSG.
2. Ismaila Sarr
Sarr is one of the best emerging prospects out of the French League. The talented winger has been linked with a move to Arsenal and he would surely love to put in a performance against them to highlight why they need him.
Fantasy picks from Arsenal
1. Mesut Ozil
The superstar German has been out of favour under Emery, but he should be given a chance in Europa League. Ozil was great in Arsenal’s outing against Bournemouth and he will be expected to deliver here.
You can always put your money on Aubameyang scoring a goal in a match. He did not have a great time against Tottenham in the premier league, but he will be relied upon to do the job in France.
Prediction – Arsenal will be wary of the threat of opponent and they should go for the kill. We predict that it will be a 3-1 Arsenal win