Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a thrilling 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome, Celtic booked their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Hoops, though, want to finish the process in the top position, and we are positive that they are going to take Thursday’s game against Rennes very seriously. Seeing that the Scottish champions have turned their Celtic Park into a real fortress, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from the match.
Rennes have been struggling to live up to their expectations in the 2019/2020 Europa League season, with the team collecting only one point from possible 12. Les Rouges et Noirs have nothing to play for in their penultimate group game, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to back Celtic to record their fourth consecutive win in Group E. French rising star Odsonne Edouard is likely to make life difficult for his compatriots in Thursday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Fraser Forster):
Originating from Hexham, Fraser Forster is an English goalkeeper who spent his early career at Newcastle United, but surprisingly did not make a single Premier League appearance during the seven years at St James’ Park. Forster first showed promise during the loan spell with Norwich City, but it was the stint with Celtic that earned him wide acclaim and saw him become an England international.
After spending four years at Parkhead, the highly rated goalkeeper returned to the Premier League to sign for Southampton and he has since acted as club’s number one goalkeeper. Forster has been a member of the England national team since 2013, usually acting as a back up for Joe Hart, making a handful of appearances in international friendlies.
Forster was in the Three Lions squad at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and with quite a few of good years in front of him, the towering goalkeeper should get the opportunity to win few more England caps before he retires from football.
Highlighted Team (Rennes):
Stade Rennais Football Club or simply Rennes is a French football club which was founded on March 10, 1901. The club is one of the founding members of the French Ligue 1 and they are nicknamed Les Rouges et Noirs. Roazhon Park is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold 29.778 people. Rennes have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they won Coupe de France title on two occasions (1964/1965, 1970/1971). Speaking of Coupe de la Ligue, les Rouges et Noirs made it to the final of the competition in the 2012/2013 season, but they were beaten by Saint Etienne (1-0) in the title game at Stade de France.
A number of top-class footballers played for Stade Rennais Football Club in the past and the likes of Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann M’Vila, Moussa Sow and Jimmy Briand are considered the club’s most notable players. Rennes footballers wear black and red jerseys when playing at home, while they wear white when playing on the travels.