Celtic vs Stade Rennais betting tips: UEFA Europa League match preview and predictions

Celtic vs Stade Rennais prediction: Celtic 3-0 Stade Rennais

Rome. Conquered.

A famous night in the Italian capital last time out means Celtic are the first Scottish side to qualify for the knockout phase of a UEFA competition with two games to spare.

However, Neil Lennon’s men are now targeting top spot and could secure it with a win here.

Will the Hoops’ unbeaten European run continue?

Celtic vs Stade Rennais: What are the odds?

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Celtic vs Stade Rennais: Who will win?

Celtic are odds on favourites at 3/5 to win again in the Europa League.

Stade Rennais meanwhile are 4/1 to leave Parkhead with a surprise win.

A draw is 3/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 6/5.

Celtic to win and both teams to score is 2/1.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Celtic’s Odsonne Édouard arrives during the Ladbrokes Premiership Match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on November 10, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Odsonne Édouard is Celtic’s top scorer this season with 14 goals. French Eddy is 10/3 to open the scoring and 23/20 to add to his tally.

Mohamed Elyounoussi has also been in good form since joining in the summer. The Norwegian international is 4/1 to score first and 6/4 to score yet again.

Mbaye Niang could lead the line for the away side. He is 8/1 to break the deadlock and 14/5 to score anytime.

Benjamin Bourigeaud could also be a threat. He is 12/1 to score first and 4/1 to net in 90 minutes.

Both James Forrest and Édouard to score is 11/2.

Both Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie to score is 14/1.

Both Niang and Adrien Hunou to score is 16/1.

Both Faitout Maouassa and Adrien Hunou to score is 40/1.

Celtic vs Stade Rennais: Match preview

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Olivier Ntcham of Celtic celebrates after he scores during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What an amazing pair of results for Celtic.

On matchday three and four, they faced a potentially pivotal double header of fixtures against Coppa Italia winners Lazio.

First at Parkhead, the Italian visitors took the lead on the stroke of half time.

But, midway through the second half Ryan Christie equalised with a sweeping finish.

Then, in the 89th minute, Christopher Jullien towered above everyone to head home a dramatic last gasp winner.

The Glaswegian colosseum erupted.

Then, a fortnight later, the rematch at Stadio Olimpico certainly evoked a sense of déjà vu.

This time, Lazio took the lead just seven minutes into the game.

But, once again, the Hoops responded, this time through James Forrest who fired home a fantastic equaliser just before half time.

The match appeared to be petering out towards a draw but there was still time for one of the most famous moment in Celtic’s recent European history.

In the 95th minute, Celtic won back possession, counter-attacked through Odsonne Édouard who played in Olivier Ntcham who dinked the ball into the net.

Celtic’s first ever victory on Italian soil secured in the most dramatic of circumstances.

It was also a big goal in the context of the group.

Celtic are top on ten points, one above CFR Cluj and seven better off than Lazio.

Thus, they have qualified for the knockout phase already.

Can they make it four European wins in a row?

The Celts are also in fine form domestically.

On Saturday Édouard, Scott Brown and Forrest all scored in a 4-0 home victory over Livingston.

That leaves them joint-top of the Premiership, above Rangers on goal difference.

Back in Europe, if they win here and Cluj fail to beat Lazio in Rome, top spot will be assured.

Will the Celtic Park faithful be celebrating once more on a European night?

Can Rennes kickstart their campaign in Glasgow?

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – JUNE 15: The French flag is in the crowed during the EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

As for Stade Rennais, in stark contrast, their European campaign certainly has not gone to plan.

Last season they reached the round of 16 of this competition, beating Real Betis, before eventually narrowly losing to Arsenal.

They only qualified last season as they beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France Final on penalties.

On matchday one, M’Baye Niang’s penalty gave them the lead in the reverse fixture at Roazhon Park.

However, in the second half, Ryan Christie’s penalty saw Celtic leave Brittany with a share of the spoils.

No one would have predicted that would be the only point they have three games later.

In their next match, Jérémy Morel gave them the lead in Rome before they eventually lost 2-1 to Lazio.

Then came back to back 1-0 defeats to, what were supposed to be, the group’s whipping boys.

First, goalkeeper Édouard Mendy and star midfield Eduardo Camavinga were both sent off as they were beaten at home.

Then, last time out, Julien Stéphan’s side conceded in the 89th minute to suffer defeat in Transylvania.

That was a crucial goal as it now means they can not qualify for the round of 32.

Thus, it’ll be interesting to see how motivated they are for this one.

Domestically, they’re not doing particularly well either.

At the weekend, despite taking the lead through Raphinha, they were beaten 2-1 at Dijon.

That is not a good result at all given that Dijon started the weekend in the bottom three.

For Rennes, that their fifth defeat in ten and they’ve only won two of those meaning they sit 11th.

But, that game at Stade Gaston Gérard followed a reoccurring theme.

Les Rennais have dropped 41 points from winning positions since the start of last season, the most of any team in Europe’s top five leagues.

Can the Ligue 1 side spring a surprise?

Celtic team news vs Stade Rennais

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 31: The Celtic team pictured before the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern München at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Despite the fact they have already qualified, Neil Lennon will name a strong side in an attempt to secure top spot here.

As always, Fraser Forster will be in goal looking to add to his eight clean sheets in 16 appearances since rejoining the club.

In defence, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are very much the first-choice centre-backs having started every group match so far.

Lennon does have a decision to make at full-back though.

On the right, he’s been going with the experienced Hatem Abd Elhamed in European matches.

However, after impressing in domestic matches, 18-year-old Jeremie Frimpong is expected to get an opportunity here.

On the other side, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is injured and Jonny Hayes went off injured on Saturday.

So, Greg Taylor will make his debut for the club in European competition.

The rest of the team will have a familiar look to it including Scott Brown and Callum McGregor in front of the defence.

Further forward, Ryan Christie and James Forrest will keep their places from the weekend.

On the left, Mohamed Elyounoussi missed the win over Livingston but is back and will start.

The Norwegian has scored seven goals and provided six assists in just 12 appearances for the club.

Tom Rogic will drop out, joining the hero from Rome Olivier Ntcham on the bench.

Up front, as ever, will be Odsonne Édouard.

He has scored 14 goals for Celtic this season as well as 11 in just six for France’s U21s.

Leigh Griffiths made his comeback from injury as a substitute at the weekend and will be back on the bench here.

Will Celtic overpower their visitors from Northern France?

Stade Rennais team news vs Celtic

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – MARCH 15: The logo of the UEFA Europa League is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund at the Red Bull Arena on March 15, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

As for Stade Rennais, given that they have nothing to play for that they host Saint-Étienne on Sunday, Julien Stéphan is expected to ring the changes.

Goalkeeper Édouard Mendy is back from suspension after being sent off in the home loss to Cluj.

He’ll come back in for Romain Salin.

Ahead of him, in recent games they’ve abandoned their usual back three to go with a back four.

Hamari Traoré and Jérémy Morel are the usual full-backs but Faitout Maouassa will come in for the latter at left-back.

Likewise, Joris Gnagnon and Damien Da Silva will be rested at centre-back.

Both Gerzino Nyamsi and Jérémy Gelin will be given an opportunity.

In midfield, Eduardo Camavinga is one of the most sought after young players in Europe.

Despite only being 17, Rennes have a 44% win rate with him in the side compared to 25% without, since his debut.

He will start alongside Benjamin Bourigeaud.

Raphinha and Adrien Hunou will be out-wide, looking to support the front two.

M’Baye Niang will keep his place up front and will be joined by Theoson Siebatcheu with Yann Gboho dropping to the bench.

20-year-old hot prospect Metehan Güçlü could be an option off the bench.

Will this side silence Celtic Park?

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Stade Rennais

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Stade Rennais

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Stade Rennais.

Predicted Stade Rennais line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Stade Rennais line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Stade Rennais line-up vs Celtic.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Scottish Premiership table:

1Celtic Glasgow30262289197080
2Glasgow Rangers29214464194567
3Motherwell FC30144124138346
4Aberdeen FC3012994036445
5Livingston FC30109114139239
6Hibernian FC30910114249-737
7St Johnstone FC2981292846-1836
8Kilmarnock FC3096153141-1033
9St Mirren FC3078152441-1729
10Ross County FC3078152960-3129
11Hamilton Academical FC3069153050-2027
12Heart of Midlothian30411153152-2123
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Ligue 1 table:

1Paris Saint-Germain27222375245168
2Olympique Marseille28168441291256
3FC Stade Rennes28155838241450
4LOSC Lille2815493527849
5Stade Reims28101172621541
6OGC Nice2811894138341
7Olympique Lyonnais281171042271540
8Montpellier HSC28117103534140
9AS Monaco28117104444040
10SCO Angers28116112833-539
11RC Strasbourg Alsace27115113232038
12FC Girondins Bordeaux2891094034637
13FC Nantes28114132831-337
14Stade Brestois 2928810103437-334
15FC Metz28810102735-834
16Dijon FCO2879122737-1030
17AS Saint-Etienne2886142945-1630
18Olympique Nimes2876152944-1527
19SC Amiens28411133150-1923
20FC Toulouse2834212258-3613
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