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Stade Rennais vs Celtic prediction: Stade Rennais 1-1 Celtic

Celtic have been handed a very tough draw in the UEFA Europa League group stages.

Neil Lennon’s men will have to upset the odds if they’re to reach the knockout stages, starting here.

Will the Bhoys leave Roazhon Park with a positive result?

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Stade Rennais vs Celtic: Who will win?

Stade Rennais are the favourites at 11/10 to begin with a win on matchday one.

Celtic have not won any of their last seven matches in France, a run dating back to 1966 and are 5/2 to change that.

A draw, which would be a good result for the Hoops is 21/10.

Double chance Celtic or draw is 4/6.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 10/11.

Draw and both teams to score is 10/3.

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)

Mbaye Niang will be a threat for the home side. He is 4/1 to score first and 9/5 to net anytime.

Raphinha will also be a threat. He is 6/1 to open the scoring and 3/5 to score anytime.

Odsonne Édouard has six goals already this season. French Eddy is 11/2 to score first an 23/10 to add to his tally.

James Forrest has scored 11 times for Celtic in UEFA club competitions. He is 9/1 to break the deadlock and 7/2 to score a, potentially, vital goal.

Both Benjamin Bourigeaud and Niang to score is 11/1.

Both Faitout Maouassa and Niang to score is 22/1.

Both Forrest and Édouard to score is

Both Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie to score is 50/1.

Stade Rennais vs Celtic: Match preview

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – MARCH 15: UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between 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,)

It’s fair to say last season was an amazing one for Stade Rennais.

They were in UEFA competition for the first time since 2011 after a fifth place finish in Ligue 1; their highest finish since 2006/07.

They certainly made an impact on their return.

Back-to-back wins at the end of the campaign saw them sneak into second place, behind Dynamo Kiev and above Astana and Jablonec.

They were then drawn against Real Betis in the round of 32.

In the first leg at home, despite being 3-1 up at half time, they could only draw 3-3 so headed to Andalucía in a tough position.

Nevertheless, they left Estadio Benito Villamarín with a famous 3-1 win.

In the round of 16, they met Arsenal in a match-up many described as the biggest European tie of Rennes’ history.

They were then in dreamland.

In the first leg at home, despite falling behind after just three minutes, they roared back and won 3-1.

The European road did end for them seven days later with a 3-0 loss in London but it was still by far their best ever continental adventure.

These commitments did seem to affect their league campaign though as they lost 12 times in Ligue 1 and finished tenth.

But, wins over Lille, Lyon and others meant they got to the Coupe de France Final for the seventh time.

In their way at Stade de France though was Paris Saint-Germain who’d won 19 of the last 23 domestic trophies in France.

PSG led 2-0 after just 21 minutes and the game looked all over.

But Rennes fought back to 2-2 so forced a penalty shootout.

It went to sudden-death and Nkunku blasted over to ensure Rennes won the cup.

Now, back in Europe, can Les Rouge et Noir make another big impact?

Will Celtic leave Brittany with something?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 26: A fan walks past a Celtic logo prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As for Celtic, this is not the European group stage they were hoping to be in but, now here, they’re desperate to progress.

In Champions League qualifying, they eased past Sarajevo and then Nõmme Kalju before crashing out in the third round to CFR Cluj.

The Celts recovered by beating AIK 6-1 on aggregate to book their place in the Europa League group stages.

Domestically, the Bhoys can not stop winning.

On Saturday lunchtime, James Forrest’s goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win at the Fountain of Youth Stadium against Hamilton Accies.

That means it’s five wins out of five in the Premiership, including, most notably, an Old Firm victory at Ibrox earlier this month.

Back in May Celtic secured the treble treble and their stranglehold of domestic honours does not look like loosening anytime soon.

But it is in Europe they are desperate to improve.

They’ve gone out in the Europa League round of 32 in each of the last two season, to Zenit and Valencia respectively.

In fact, they have not won a knockout tie (excluding qualifiers) since 2004 when they beat Barcelona in the UEFA Cup.

To even get a chance of changing that record this season they’ll have to negotiate a daunting group.

Typically, they’ll meet Cluj again but the Romanian side are likely to finish bottom.

The opponent of far greater concern will be Coppa Italia winner Lazio.

For Celtic to progress, they’ll have to eliminate either Rennes or Lazio making head to head matches between them of paramount importance.

Celtic have won just one of their previous six UEFA Cup matches against French opposition but, that sole victory did come against Rennes back in November 2011, under Neil Lennon.

Will they leave Brittany with a positive result?

Stade Rennais team news vs Celtic

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

Julien Stéphan’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at Brest on Saturday so have ten points after five Ligue 1 games.

Thus, he is likely to revert to, almost, the side that beat PSG 2-1 at home in August.

Summer signing from Reims Édouard Mendy is now the number one goalkeeper ahead of another new arrival Romain Salin.

They will continue with three centre-backs including club captain Damien Da Silva.

Gerzino Nyamsi is still out with a finger injury.

16 year old Eduardo Camavinga caught the eye in holding-midfield in that win over PSG.

He is a star of the future for sure.

Further forward, the experienced Clément Grenier will support the two front men.

Ismaïla Sarr left for Watford last month but they still have last season’s top scorer M’Baye Niang.

Raphinha will be his partner up top, getting the nod over Romain Del Castillo.

Metehan Güçlü is unavailable due to a long term hamstring problem.

Will this side make it a miserable trip to northern France for Celtic?

Celtic team news vs Stade Rennais

Scott Brown

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 26: Scott Brown of Celtic controls the ball during the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park on December 26, 2017 in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for the Hoops, they now have an abundance of options after a late spree in the transfer market and with players returning to fitness.

They have had three first choice goalkeepers already this season but summer signing Fraser Forster is firmly number one now on his return to the club.

He made his 200th Celtic appearance on Saturday, keeping his 103rd clean sheet.

In front of him, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are the first choice centre-backs.

The left-back jersey is up for grabs but Greg Taylor is unlikely to get his debut here so Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo should keep his place.

In midfield, as always, Callum McGregor will be alongside Scott Brown.

This’ll be Brown’s 116th appearance in UEFA competition, more than any-other Scotsman.

After outstanding performances, Ryan Christie and James Forrest will be a part of the attacking trio.

The left-wing position isn’t nailed down though.

But, with Mikey Johnston just back from injury, Mohamed Elyounoussi, who got an assist on his debut at Hamilton, should keep his place.

Odsonne Édouard will lead the line; he scored four goals in two appearances for France U21s last week.

It is vital Celtic get off to a good start in this competition so will they leave France with something to build on?

Predicted Stade Rennais line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Stade Rennais line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Stade Rennais line-up vs Celtic.

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Stade Rennais

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Stade Rennais

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Stade Rennais.

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

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