Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Rennes will be aiming to put an end to their six-game winless run in the Europa League when they welcome Jablonec at their Roazhon Park. Rennes produce much better showings at home than on the travels and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s football match. Les Rouges et Noirs suffered only one loss in last nine home games in the national championship, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Jablonec. The Czech side, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs at the start of the new season. Jablonec will play their first Europa League game since 2015 against Rennes, but seeing that the Ligue 1 team are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin André):
Benjamin Andre is a French footballer, who began his career at Stade Raphaelois youth team. At the age of 16 Andre moved to Ajaccio and he played for the first team from 2008 to 2014. The right-footed midfielder scored 12 goals in 187 appearances in the league for the Corsican team and in the summer of 2014 he moved to fellow French club Rennes.
Andre scored his first goal for les Rouges et Noirs on January 25, 2015, in a 4-1 defeat to Caen. The French player made provided three assists for his teammates in 36 appearances for Rennes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and the club chiefs decided to extend his contract in June, 2017. His deal with the Roazhon Park outfit should expire on June 30, 2022.
Benjamin Andre, who was born in Nice on August 3, 1990, has seven caps for France U21 team. The Rennes footballer plays as a central midfielder, but he is often used as both left and right midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Jablonec):
FK Jablonec are a Czech side who compete in the Czech 1. Liga. Jablones are well known for their green and white kit, whilst their away colours are black and gray. The Czech outfit play their home games at Stadion Strelnice, the venue which can hold up to 6,108 spectators.
Jablonec are not considered one of the most successful Czech sides, but they did well to win the domestic cup on two occasions. In the 1997/1998 season they defeated Petra Drnovice in the final, whereas they clinched their second title by beating Mlada Boleslav on penalties in the title game. The likes of Petr Rada, David Lafata, Tomas Hubschman and Ludek Pernica are the club’s most notable players.
Jablonec finished the 2017/2018 season in third place in the standings, which helped them book their place in the Europa League. The Czech team will take on Rennes, Astana and Dinamo Kiev in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.