Knowing that a single point on Thursday will be enough to book their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League, a high-flying Celtic will welcome Rennes to Glasgow in midweek.
Enjoying what has been a stellar run of form both domestically and while on European duties, the reigning Scottish champions find themselves enjoying an eight-match winning run across all competitions and there will undoubtedly be a party atmosphere around Celtic Park on Thursday night.
While Neil Lennon’s men might be enjoying a continued wave of success, the same cannot be said for a Rennes side who are dealing with some glaring inconsistencies.
Suffering a 2-1 loss away at Dijon over the weekend, the French outfit have quickly cemented their spot as the Group E whipping boys after failing to win any of their four qualifying matchups.
With Rennes managing to snatch a 1-1 draw off of Thursday’s hosts when they met at the Roazhon Park back in September, you might be interested to know that Celtic can be found at 4/7 with Coral to right that wrong in midweek.
Celtic flying high
Putting in yet another rampant display and picking up a 4-0 win over Livingston on Saturday, Neil Lennon’s Celtic side have continued to embark on what has been a famous European campaign.
Marked in as low as 1/3 with Ladbrokes to clinch top spot in Group E next month, fans around Glasgow will still be soaring after coming from behind to land back-to-back 2-1 victories over Lazio.
Knowing that just another point on Thursday will see them clinch their spot in the knockout stage, their form in the final third has continued to send shockwaves across Europe.
Bagging a stunning 27 strikes on their eight-match winning run, one man to keep an eye out for at Celtic Park will be winger James Forrest.
Once again finding the net against Livingston over the weekend, the Scotland international has now recorded six goals in his last eight appearances, including scoring the equalizer against Lazio on foreign soil earlier in the month.
You might be interested to know that Forrest can be found at 2/1 with Bet365 to extend on his recent tally in midweek.
Rennes’ European campaign to forget
Watching Dijon snatch a 2-1 victory last weekend and continuing on what has been a European run to forget, the pressure is really starting to mount on Head Coach Julien Stéphan.
Falling out the top half of the Ligue 1 standings and now recording just a pair of victories since the 25th of August, most of Thursday’s traveling support will argue their worst displays have come while on European duties.
Recording just a single point out of a possible 12 and a landslide favourite to lift the wooden spoon in Group E, Rennes have lost each of their last three Europa League appearances and the mood in their camp remains incredibly fragile.
Along with showing some glaring issues on the road, Rennes’ continued issues at the back will be giving Stéphan a huge headache.
Conceding eight goals on their four-match losing run away from Roazhon Park, you might be interested to know that Thursday’s French travellers can be found pencilled in at 8/13 with Paddy Power to once again ship over 1.5 goals on foreign soil.