In early spring the French will try to win or at least a draw in London. Local Arsenal at home to take Rennes. And almost all of the official bookmakers believe in the victory of the hosts. But let's take a closer look at the results of both teams this season, and only then will draw conclusions on who is better to put your money.
Wards Unai emery are waging a fierce struggle in the Premier League for getting into the top four, which will allow next season to play in the Champions League. But while Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea remain almost equal chances to finish in the TOP 4. It is possible that the Spanish coach "Gunners" will focus on the LE. After all, emery has already won this tournament three times in a row. However, with the Seville, not his new London club.
In the 1/16 Londoners are lucky. They are rivals went modest BATE. Now the British are waiting for much more serious test in the face of the team from France.
"Red-black" after twenty-six matches in Ligue 1 takes only the sixth place (last season they finished fifth). But Rennes didn't lose since the beginning of December. From that time the humble team have won five and the same number of meetings considered for the draw result. For it is his coaching staff and players should be respected.
In one-sixteenth of LE Rennes, too, started very confident. First, he staged a gunfight with betasom at home (3:3), and then beat the Spaniards in their territory with the score 1:3. Maybe worth a closer look to the "French average".
Still the Gunners on the head better than their future counterparts. And the quality of the game, and the composition and achievements of the head coach. Our forecast for the outcome of the first match of 1/8 LE – the victory of Arsenal.