Rennes vs Arsenal
Champions League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 7th February 2019
Kick off at: 17.55 GMT
Venue: Roazhon Park, Rennes, France
Arsenal are looking to continue their Europa League journey as far as possible this season. Reaching the round of 16, Gunners set to face another interesting test as they meet French outfit, Rennes.
Rennes vs Arsenal Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear themselves up for an Europa League round of 16 encounter. Let’s take a closer look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Koubek(g)Zeffane, Mexer, Da Silva, Bensebaini(def);Andre, Grenier(mid);Sarr, Ben Arfa, Bourigeaud(att mid); Del Castilla(att).
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Cech(g)Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal(def)Guendozi, Torreira(mid);Suarez, Ozil Iwobi(att mid); Aubameyang(att).
Before heading into this midweek Europa League round of 16 battle, both teams have already been playing in several fixtures. Let’s check out the results that they have been getting recently to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DLWDW
Rennes have been struggling for consistency in recent matches as they only won two games out of their last five. Although they only suffered one defeat during that stretch of games, Julien Stephan’s side needed more victories.
Sitting in mid table position, the Ligue 1 outfit will set their focus more on Europa League. The home side set to give their all in taking down Unai Emery’s side next Thursday.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LWWWD
Following their slight blib in Europe against BATE, Gunners have been able to improve their performances. Gunners went on to pick up three wins and one draw on their last four matches.
Arsenal’s latest match was a controversial 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur, which might trigger them to look for redemption. Gunners don’t want to lose their focus again as Rennes can really shock them this midweek.
Stephan’s team have several absentees for Thursday match, but the notable names are James Lea Siliki and Jordan Siebatcheu. However, the French outfit should still have enough talent to cope with their injuries.
Former Newcastle United man, Hatem Ben Arfa, will be key for the home side to break down Gunners’ defense. Ismaila Sarr should also start for the home side to give that additional threat up front.
There’s no new injury problems for Emery aside from, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck who are all out for long term. Aside from those three, other players are available for selection.
There will be some rotation made by Arsenal, but they are still fielding a strong squad. Pierre Aubameyang .
Head to Head Records:
The upcoming two legged tie will be both teams first encounter in an official competition, so there’s no previous head to head records.
Losing their previous away fixture in Europe against BATE, Gunners are aware that similar result can happen. In order to avoid that scenario, Emery set to put on a strong display and take home a win on Thursday.
Rennes are not going to let their opponent to take away anything though as the Ligue 1 outfit will also target a victory. Gunners might be favorite, but the home team have the ability to cause an upset..
Final Score: 1-1