Arsenal vs Rennes – Gunners backed to overturn first leg deficit

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to standout for the Gunners at the Emirates
Arsenal vs Rennes
Arsenal backed to overturn first leg deficit against Rennes with comfortable home win (Getty Images)

Arsenal vs Rennes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Arsenal are set to earn a home win when they host Rennes in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie at the Emirates. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is tipped to inspire the Gunners to a comfortable win.

Arsenal FC Form & Team News 


Arsenal were left disappointed in the first leg after suffering a 3-1 defeat in France. Alex Iwobi's early strike was cancelled out after defender Socratis Papastathopoulos got sent off.

The Gunners bounced back from that defeat with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the English Premier League on Sunday. Unai Emery's men head into Thursday's clash with a fine home record having won their last five matches at the Emirates. They are backed at 1.30 to win.

Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette who is serving the last of his three-match ban following a red card at BATE Borisov. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is expected to continue as the lone striker having scored six goals in his last nine home matches.

Unai Emery
Unai Emery's Arsenal team have won their last five matches at the Emirates (Getty Images)

Stade Rennais FC Form & Team News


Rennes were impressive in their 3-1 victory in the first leg in France with Benjamin Bourigeaud and Ismaila Sarr among the goals. Bourigeaud was also on target as they followed up that win with a 3-1 triumph over Caen in Ligue 1.

The Red and Blacks have a poor away record in the Europa League with five defeats from their last seven matches. They are priced at 9.00 to secure a win at the Emirates while a draw is valued at 5.50.

Rennes have had attacking problems away from home in the Europa League. The likes of Sarr and Bourigeaud have failed to score in their last four matches on the road in the competition.

Arsenal vs Rennes Head-to-Head 


Last week's clash at Roazhon Park was the first ever meeting between Arsenal and Rennes. The French team claimed a 3-1 victory with Sarr and Bourigeaud both getting on the score sheet.

Arsenal vs Rennes Match Up


Arsenal have maintained an impressive home record having won their last five matches across all competitions. Aubameyang has been pivotal in that run for the Gunners and has scored six goals in the last nine matches at the Emirates.

Rennes have a poor attacking record away from home with the likes of Bourigeaud and Sarr struggling for goals.  Both men are likely to find things difficult against the Gunners at the Emirates.

Aubameyang
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has scored six goals in his last nine home matches (Getty Images)

Arsenal vs Rennes Key Statistics


  • Arsenal have won their last 5 home matches (all competitions).
  • Arsenal's Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has scored 6 goals in his last 9 home matches (all competitions).
  • Rennes have lost 5 of their last 7 away matches (UEFA Europa League).

Verdict


Arsenal have been impressive at home and have enough attacking threat to cancel out the first leg deficit against Rennes. A -1 handicap is predicted with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang tipped to lead the Gunners to victory.

Best Bet: Arsenal -1 Handicap @ 1.73 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang Anytime Goalscorer & Arsenal Qualify @ 2.37 at bet365 - 3 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang @ 3.10 at bet365 - 2 Units
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