Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Rennes footballers are in high spirits ahead of Thursday’s football match against Astana as they recorded back-to-back wins over Olympique Lyon and Dijon in previous two league fixtures. Les Rouges et Noirs have been in a splendid form in the French top flight of late and they now aim to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages. A win over Astana will see them meet the goal, therefore, we predict that the Ligue 1 side will leave their hearts on the field in their last group game. Astana are one point away from advancing to the last 32 of the Europa League, but seeing that Rennes seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. When the two teams met in Kazakhstan earlier in the process Astana recorded a 2-0 win over Rennes, meaning that the French team are hungry for revenge. ‘
Highlighted Player (Ludovic Baal):
Ludovic Baal is a left-footed football player who was born on May 24, 1988. Baal was born in Paris, but he is a product of the Le Mans youth academy and it has to be noted that he made 12 appearances for the club in his first season with the MMArena outfit.
His main position is left-back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. Considering that he is a French-born player, Ludovic Baal was illegible to play for both France and the French Guayana national team.
Baal decided to represent French Guayana on international stage and he made three appearances for the team in the group stages of the 2012 Caribbean Cup. He found the net in a 4-1 win over Anguilla, with Gary Pigree scoring a hat-trick for French Guayana. Ludovic Baal currently play for Rennes as a left-back and his contract with the Ligue 1 outfit expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (FC Astana):
Astana are a professional football club based in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Blue and Yellows were founded in 2009 and five years later they won their first Kazakhstan Premier League trophy. Astana managed to defend their title in 2015, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of Kairat in the standings.
The Kazakhs participated in the Champions League group stages in the 2015/2016 season, but they failed to record a win in the elite competition. However, it has to be noted that they managed to hold star-studded Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw in front of home fans. Astana play their home games at Astana Arena and the capacity of the venue is 30 244.
The stadium was opened on 3 July, 2009 and the construction cost $185 million. Astana’s home kits are yellow with blue strips and they play their away games in navy-blue kits. The team recorded their biggest win on 19 June, 2011 when they outclassed Kairat 6-1 in the Kazakhstan Premier League.