Fifth round of the Europa League Group Stage and things are already decided for both teams. Celtic will look to keep the first position before the next fixture and Rennes have nothing to fight for after a bad championship.
Celtic and Rennes saw each other in the first round of the Europa League in a boring game in France. Only two shots on target for each team for a final 1-1. Not boring enough? Well, in case you missed it, both goals came after penalty kicks. Most of the match was played in the middle of the field with no concrete ideas and respect for the rival. After this game, Celtic took a more offensive approach and won the next three games of the group and thanks to this, they already bought a ticket to the next round.
The team is working well this year and they are also leading their local league with a great record of 11-1-1 and the impressive mark of 40 goals scored in 13 games, with only 7 conceded. If we check their last results in all competitions, we will also see a total of 8 consecutive victories with 27 goals scored and only 4 conceded, where 5 of them finished with a clean sheet.
On the opposite side, Rennes is last in the group with no victories so far. After the draw against Celtic in the first round, the French lost the next three matches and now they have 0 chances to move into the next round. Their last 0-1 defeat against CFR Cluj was hard to digest after conceding the only goal in the last minutes of the game.
Now, the coach Julien Stephan sees these couple rounds left as an opportunity to give some experience to his youngest players. The results don’t matter now and the only aim is to improve his team for the league. “I don’t view the two remaining games in the Europa League as not important; I see it as a great opportunity to use it to give our young players a chance to taste European football”, Stephan said.
With this last information, the victory of Celtic is clearer now and a small handicap can be played with no problem. Celtic’s coach Lennon will play the full squad to fight for the first place of the group and Rennes will only test new lines of play to improve their current position in the local league. My bet is Celtic FC -1 AH on VIP-IBC and you should register at the best betting platform to catch the best odds and limits in the market!