Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw in France, Real Betis and Rennes will face each other at Estadio Benito Villamarin in the return leg of the Europa League last 32. Los Beticos did remarkably well to score three away goals in the first leg and, as a result, they moved one step closer to booking their place in the last 16 of the European competition. Seeing that a low-scoring draw with Rennes will see Real Betis advance to the next round we predict that the hosts are going to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football match. The Andalusians are tough to beat at home and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to defend their “slim lead” in the return leg. You should bear in mind that les Rouges et Noirs suffered five defeats in previous six away games in the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (Cristian Tello):
Cristian Tello is a pacey winger who made a great progress during his with Barcelona youth team. The “La Masia” product played for the Catalan giants at senior level as well and he made his debut for the Camp Nou outfit in a 1-0 win over L’Hospitalet (Copa del Rey) on November 9, 2011.
Tello scored 11 goals in 59 appearances for Barca in the Spanish top flight and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Porto and Fiorentina on loan from 2014 to 2016. In the summer of 2017 he returned to Spain, signing a deal with Real Betis for a fee of €4 million. Cristian Tello is well known for his speed and brilliant technique and he is likely to play an important role in Quique Setien’s team in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign.
The former Barcelona man made his debut for Spain national football team on August 14, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Ecuador and he represented La Roja at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Highlighted Team (Stade 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.