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ARS vs REN | Arsenal vs Rennes – Match Preview

Match Details

Arsenal vs Rennes – UEFA Europa League

15th March, 01:30 IST

Emirates Stadium, London

 

Please Note: Changes will be made to this article approximately 50-55 mins before the deadline. The article will be updated with the confirmed lineups and the revised combined XI when the official starting lineups are released by both the teams.

 

Form:

Arsenal: W W D L W

Rennes: W D W W W

 

Preview: 

English giants Arsenal will look to overcome a 3-1 deficit when they welcome Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes to the Emirates Stadium in London in a pivotal Round of 16 – 2nd Leg clash in the UEFA Europa League tonight. 

Arsenal, who are currently locked in a 4-way battle with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United for the 3rd and 4th spot in the Premier League, will look at winning the Europa League as a possible route to qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season. However, their hopes suffered a major setback when they went down 3-1 in Rennes thanks to a first-half red card for Sokratis.  

Rennes, who are currently 8th in the French Ligue 1 table, put in a scintillating display to knock out Spanish side Real Betis 6-4 on aggregate in the previous round. With a two-goal lead in their bags, the French side will be in confident mood ahead of tonight’s clash.

 

Predicted Lineups (Updated):

Arsenal: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Rennes: Koubek; Traoré, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaïni; André, Grenier; Sarr, Ben Arfa, Bourigeaud; Niang.

 

Combined XI for the game (Updated):

 

 

Captain & Vice-Captain Options:

  1. Lacazette
  2. Aubameyang
  3. Ramsey
  4. Ismaila Sarr
  5. Ben Arfa
  6. Bourigeaud
  7. Ozil

 

Must Avoid:

  1. Danny Welbeck
  2. Rob Holding 
  3. Hector Bellerin
  4. Siebatcheu
  5. Sokratis
  6. Diallo

 

Strategic Pointers:  

  • Lacazette and Aubameyang have formed a fearsome partnership up top for Arsenal.   
  • Sokratis is suspended and will not feature tonight. This may force Emery to revert to a 4-at-the-back defensive system.   
  • Rennes midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa, Bourigeaud and Ismaila Sarr are the key attacking threats for Arsenal tonight. 
  • Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their 6 of their previous 8 Europa League encounters. 
  • Sead Kolasinac was also rested in the 1st leg and should feature prominently tonight. He is a big threat on the left flank for the Gunners. 
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