Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following a shocking loss to Shakhtar in Warsaw, Rennes will look to book their spot in the Europa League last 16 when the two teams face each other at Roazhon Park on Thursday evening. Les Rouges et Noirs recorded a routine 2-0 win over Clermont at the weekend, with the team keeping their Champions League hopes alive, and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Shakhtar. Fit-again forward Arnaud Kalimuendo should keep his place in the starting XI after scoring a brace against Clermont, whereas all Assignon, Terrier, Traore, and Xeka should miss out with injuries.
The Miners, on the other hand, have yet to return to action in the Ukrainian top flight and seeing that Rennes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Igor Jovicevic’s troops. All Shved, Ocheretko, and Kornilenko are sidelined with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Flavien Tait):
Born in Longjumeau, France on February 2, 1993, Flavien Tait is a French footballer who plays for Angers as a midfielder. Tait began his youth career at Rodez and in 2010 he moved to Chateauroux. After spending first years of his senior career at Chateauroux, the 175-cm tall footballer joined Angers in 2016 and he has been playing for les Scoistes ever since.
Flavien Tait impressed in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and it has to be noted that he scored 4 goals in 34 appearances for Angers in the process. His main position is winger, but he is often used as an attacking midfielder. Flavien Tait’s preferred foot is right and he wears No. 20 jersey at Angers.
His contract with les Scoistes should expire on June 30, 2020. It has to be noted that his market value was €4.5 million on June 4, 2018.Flavien Tait has yet to make his France debut.
Highlighted Team (Shakhtar):
Despite the fact that they were founded back in 1936, Shakhtar Donetsk were struggling to win the Ukrainian Premier League trophy until 2002. The Miners have established themselves as the dominant force in Ukrainian football and it has to be noted that they won their ninth domestic trophy in 2014.
Shakhtar Donetsk were playing at Donbass Arena in the past, but due to war in Donbass the club temporarily moved to Arena Lviv. In 2009 the Miners won the UEFA Cup trophy under Romanian boss Mircea Lucescu, beating Werder Bremen in the title game. Croatian full back Dario Srna was named the man of the match. Dynamo Kiev are considered Shakhtar Donetsk’s main rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two sides.
Shakhtar have a rivalry with Metalurh Donetsk as well and the two local rivals face each other in the Donetsk Derby. Chelsea ace Willian, Manchester United star Mkhitaryan and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho all played for Shakhtar in the past.