ARS vs REN Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Stade Rennais F.C. vs Arsenal Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Arsenal will be aiming for the first leg advantage when they face a rejuvenated French side Stade Rennais F.C.at in the Europa League round-of-16 1st leg at Stade de la Route de Lorient, in Rennes, Brittany, France, on Thursday night (IST).
What competition it is? UEFA Europa League, round of 16, leg 1 of 2
Teams: Stade Rennais F.C. and Arsenal
Kick Off: Thursday 07 March
Match Timing: 11:25 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stade de la Route de Lorient (29,778)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Europa League matches in India.
Rennes were hopeful of making a good run in the Europa League when they qualified for Europe's 2nd tier competition courtesy of their 5th place finish in the 2017-18 season. But every hope was dangling on thin ropes after they suffered three losses in the first four games, endangering the qualification to the next rounds.
However, since then, Rennes are unbeaten in the last four games and look every ounce of a dark horse for the tournament.
Julien Stéphan's men faced an in-form Real Betis in the round-of-32. The first leg ended in an entertaining 3-3 draw, which meant, Rennes had to score at least one goal at Benito Villamarín Stadium in the 2nd leg.
The club from France bettered the expectations and won the 2nd leg 1-3 with Ramy Bensebaini (22′), Adrien Hunou (30′) and M'Baye Niang (90+4′) scoring the goals.
For Arsenal, the real ambition is to get back to Europe's elite. As things stand in the Premier Legaue, they are 5th with just one point separating them from 4th placed Manchester United. So they can break into the top-4 and qualify to the Champions League via the league standing.
Another way is to win the Europa League. And in fact, they, together with Chelsea, are one of the favorites for the glory. So that's a two-way road leading up to the Champions League. And considering Unai Emery's record in this particular tournament, it's very much in the grasp of this club.
Premier League can learn from Ligue 1 as Rennes' game against Nimes was postponed to give them proper time to prepare for this match, while Arsenal were involved in a high-octane and energy-consuming North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Stade Rennais F.C. – W D L W D W
Arsenal – W L W W W D
ARS vs REN Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Stade Rennais F.C. vs Arsenal Team News:
Stade Rennais F.C.:
Injured – Rennes have a big injury list these days. Jordan Siebatcheu, Romain Danze, Abdoulaye Diallo, and Ludovic Baal are all out injured at the moment.
Suspended – Only negative to come out from Betis clash was the yellow card right-back Hamari Traoré received in the match. As a result, the 27-year-old is suspended.
Questionable – James Lea Siliki is carrying a knock and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Note: Arsenal will have to keep an eye on their long-time target Ismaila Sarr, while Hatem Ben Arfa's trickery on the flank will be a threat.
Also, Benjamin Andre is back in contention after missing the game against Betis due to a suspension.
Key Players – Hatem Ben Arfa, Ismaila Sarr
Injured – The Gunners will be without long-term absentees Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck.
Suspended – While striker Alexandre Lacazette will be serving a ban and will be unavailable in both the legs.
Questionable – None.
Note: LucasTorreira is almost a guarantee to start the match as he will be unavailable for the Premier League action in the next three games. The Uruguayan was sent off in the North London derby. While Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mesut Özil are in contention to start as well.
Key Players – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi
ARS vs REN Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Stade Rennais F.C.– Koubek (GK), Zeffane, Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini; Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Niang; Ben Arfa; Hunou
Arsenal– Cech (GK), Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Aubameyang
ARS vs REN Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Arsenal have faced French side 13 times on the road and they remain unbeaten (w8, D5). While Rennes have faced an English opponent just once before, winning that match 2-1 against Aston Villa in 2001.
But we back Arsenal to avoid the defeat here.
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