PSG have already won the French league title with room to spare and now they will be looking to pull off a Coupe de France title defence. They will be meeting up with Rennes in this season’s final on Saturday. Rennes, who are only in mid-table in the French top flight, are naturally big underdogs for this clash. Read our Rennes v PSG betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 26th, 2019 at 11:35 p.m.)
Rennes will be looking for their first French Cup title since 1971. This is their first final appearance since 2014 when they were beaten by Guingamp. Rennes, who were knocked out of this season’s Europa League by Arsenal, have had a pretty solid campaign in the French Cup. They needed a penalty shootout to get past Brest in the first round. But then it got easier in their next three games, scoring exactly two goals in each and only connecting the one goal in math sequence.
In the semifinals, they had a much tougher challenge as they were underdogs against Lyon. But Rennes managed to pull out a 3-2 success in a thrilling game. It is going to be an even bigger upset if they pull out the win against PSG on Saturday. They are not in form are Rennes. Their semi-final win over Lyon remains their only win in their last eight games played across all competitions. Troubling for them is that they have conceded at least three goals in three of their last four games.
PSG won both league meetings against Rennes this season
PSG beat Rennes in last season’s French Cup
Rennes have lost 11 of their last 12 games against PSG
Six of the last seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
PSG are the most successful club in the history of the French Cup, having won it 12 time before. They have won this thing for the last four season’s straight and it’s going to be a shock if their dominance does not continue. Earlier this season they were dumped out of the French League Cup early by Guingamp, so they are only targeting the domestic double this season. They have not been troubled in the slightest in this French Cup campaign.
Across their five games played in reaching the final, they have scored a total of fifteen unanswered goals. They netted at least three goals in four of those five games. In the semifinals, they simply cruised their way past Nantes by a 3-0 scoreline. PSG haven’t been in the greatest of form currently. They have gone W1 D1 L2 in their last four games, all in the top flight. They were held to a 2-2 draw by Strasbourg and then suffered a 5-1 loss against tile and a 3-2 reverse against Nantes. So their defence was crumbling. But they earned a 3-1 win against Monaco last weekend to stop the rot.
PSG are probably going to roll out another title in this one. Rennes just aren’t carrying the form with them to suggest that they are going to pull off an upset. However, it’s worth backing both teams to get on the scoresheet as there have been some high scoring games between these two recently. PSG to win & both teams to score.
26th April 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The Gunners have to mount a big fight back in this tie after collapsing to a 3-1 defeat out in France in the first leg. For Rennes, this will be just their second ever visit to England, but survive this one and it will continue their best ever run in UEFA competition. Read our Arsenal v Rennes betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 12th, 2019 at 4:12 p.m.)
So the Gunners have plenty of work to do. The Gunners cruised through the group stage of this competition but they had to come back in the last round after losing the first leg away from home. That was against Bate, Arsenal winning 3-0 back at the Emirates after a 1-0 away defeat. Arsenal have won only three of the 13 UEFA competition ties in which they were defeated away in the first leg, one of those happening against BATE.
The Gunners need the minimum of a 2-0 scoreline in this tie against Rennes. Alex Iwobi had put Arsenal ahead early in the first leg. But the telling point was a red card before half time for Sokratis Papastathopoulos. This will be Arsenal’s 26 game against French opposition and their 13th on home soil.
Arsenal have won only five of their previous 12 home games against French opposition, losing three. The last time they hosted a French side they played out a 2-2 draw against PSG in the 2016/17 Champions League group stage. The Gunners have won four of five two-legged UEFA ties against Frenchs sides. They lost their last one though, against Monaco in the 2014/15 Champions League.
This is the most successful UEFA competition campaign from Rennes in their history. They only got through to the knockout stages by the skin of their teeth, winning a must-win match on matchday six. They then pulled off an upset in beats Real Bets in the round of 32. Their only previous experience against English opposition before this meeting with Arsenal was a 2001 Intertoto cup semi-final against Aston Villa in which the two traded home wins.
Rennes are in their second Europa League campaign, and only managed three points in their first attempt back in 2011/12. Rennes took a 1-0 win in the Czech Republic on matchday five to beat Jablonec and that was their first away win in eight games. They followed that up with a very impressive 3-1 win at Betis. Rennes have won four of the previous six UEFA ties after having won the first leg at home.
The Gunners have enough scoring power behind them to get the win on the board at the Emirates. But they are vulnerable at the back and Rennes can make this interesting by getting on the scoresheet. Arsenal to win & both teams to score.
13th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The next challenge coming up for Arsenal in the Europa League is French side Rennes. The two have never met before in UEFA competition. A good solid performance from the Gunners over in France will set them up well in the tie. Read our Rennes v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 3rd, 2019 at 9:32 p.m.)
This is the furthest that Rennes have ever been in UEFA competition. During the group stage of this season’s competition, Rennes lost three in a row, but they managed to turn things around dramatically. On match day six they took a must-win success over Astana squeeze through. Just a hint at their threat, they caused an upset in the round of 32, by knocking out Real Betis.
The only previous meeting with English opposition that Rennes have had was in the 2001 Intertoto Cup semi-final when they lost on away goals. This is only their second appearance in the Europa League, not getting out of the group stage in their first attempt in 2011/12. Rennes are undefeated in their last twelve home games in all competitions, winning eight. Rennes are W2 D1 L1 in their four European home games this season.
This will be Arsenal’s 25th UEFA fixture going against French opposition. They are undefeated in twelve previous away games in France. Arsenal’s record in France is W8 D4. Their last trip to France ended in a 1-1 draw at PSG which ended a seven-match winning streak that they were on in away games against French opposition. Last season Arsenal won 5-1 on aggregate against AC Milan in the Europa League round of sixteen.
That was the first time in eight years that they had won at that stage of a European competition. In this season’s group stage, the Gunners won all three away games. But they did however, lose on the road at BATE in the last round. Their away record in two UEFA Europa League campaigns is W7 D1 L3, with 19 goals scored and seven conceded. All three defeats in that sequence were 1-0 losses.
This could be a tough challenge for Arsenal, especially if they are not sending out their strongest side in it. Rennes have some pretty good home form going and will be keen to keep the Gunners at arm’s length here. Draw.
5th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting