Arsenal vs Rennes
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 14th March 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Allianz Arena
Losing 3-1 in the first leg, Arsenal are in for a difficult task to turn things around at Emirates next Thursday. Unai Emery’s men must be able to score goals and defend well against a dangerous Rennes side.
Arsenal vs Rennes Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for an intriguing Europa League second leg match on Thursday. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to achieve their mission.
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Cech(g)Maitland-Niles, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal(def);Torreira, Guendouzi(mid);Suarez, Ramsey, Iwobi(att mid);Aubameyang(att)
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Koubek(g)Zeffane, Da Silva, Mexer, Besebaini(def)Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Bourigeaud(mid);Ben Arfa, Hunou(att).
Before going into this midweek Europa League clash, both teams have already been involved in several other games. 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): WWDLW
Gunners performance haven’t been quite bad recently as they were able to collect three wins out of their last five games. However, they did suffered one defeat and a draw during those stretch of matches.
Their loss was certainly the one happened against Rennes in France, while they drew against Tottenham Hotspur. Gunners will go to the midweek tie in high confidence though following their weekend victory over Man United.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WDWWW
The Red and Blacks themselves have been in a fine form ahead of their second leg clash against Gunners. Julien Stephan’s men won four out of their last five games, including the first leg tie against Unai Emery’s side.
Their only drop points during those five games run was a 1-1 draw against Marseille. Rennes’ latest league fixture was also a victory as they defeated Caen 3-1 last weekend.
Emery will have some absentee concern for this weekend aside from his team’s usual injured list. Hector Bellerin, Roba Holding along with Danny Welbeck are out for long term, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is doubtful.
Aside from those injured players, Gunners are also missing Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Alexandre Lacazette due to suspension. This means Pierre Aubameyang set to start again up front to lead their front line.
Stephan’s side are still missing Ludovic Baal, Romain Danze, Rafik Guitane and Theoson Siebatcheu due to injuries. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Diallo remain doubtful for Thursday match, though he might still make the team to London.
Still searching for goals, Rennes will count on Hatem Ben Arfa, Adrien Hunou and Ismaila Sarr up to break down Gunners’ defense. At the back, Damien Da Silva and Mexer will try to stop their opponent’s waves of attacks.
Head to Head Records:
The first leg encounter in Francce, which ended in Rennes 3-1 victory, was their first competitive match
That 3-1 loss in the first meeting gives Gunners a complicated task at Emirates stadium. The suspension for Sokratis also not making things any easy for Emery’s side, especially to hold their defense down.
Rennes will try their best to snatch an away goal that could give them some comfort at Emirates. This tie could very well turn into an exciting contest if Emery’s side struggle to break down their opponent early on.
Final Score: 2-1