Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rennes – Betting Preview
Shakhtar Donetsk were a part of Group F of the Champions League, which also included Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, and Celtic. They were demoted to the Europa League after six games, proving they were unable to stay in the league!
Shakhtar Donetsk Preview
The Miners are yet to begin the second half of the season, despite their valiant efforts to capture the Ukrainian Premier League trophy. Shakhtar are still on winter vacation, therefore a home victory should not be taken into account.
Mykhailo Mudryk, the star player for the home team, transferred to Chelsea in January, which made matters worse for them.
They achieved appalling outcomes in the last six games. Only one of the Miners’ games was won, and the other two were lost or drawn. The most prestigious football competition would have been far from advanced by these results.
The fact that they were involved, nonetheless, demonstrates their general strength and capability.
Contrarily, Les Rennais secured a spot in the Europa League qualifying round by finishing fourth in their national league. They performed well in the Group Stage and moved on to the knockout round as a result.
Other teams in the group were Fenerbahce, AEK Larnaca, and Dynamo Kyiv.
After six games, Rennes finished second with three wins and three games that ended in a draw. Despite not losing a game, their goal difference of 11:8 needs improvement.
In a relatively easy group for them, they should have performed a lot better. They will have to show a lot more for the next round.
The two clubs don’t have a lot of history between them, as their one and only clash was in 2005. Rennes were in terrible form at the time, and unsurprisingly lost the game with 0:1.
However, this time around, both teams are on almost equal terms, and we are in for a treat.
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s have a look at the odds in the 1×2 market for match result.
While seemingly Rennes are the more potent team at the moment, we can’t ignore Shakhtar’s quality. But in the eyes of the betting market, they are the slight underdogs in this @ 3.44.
Rennes were undefeated in the group stage of the Europa League, and heading into this one, they are they are market favourites @ 2.27.
The market odds of a stalemate in this first leg of the Europa League knockout stands @ 3.62.
Total goals over/under
Let’s see what the over/under market has for us in this game.
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.01.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.94.
it looks as though over 2.5 goals will be a worthwhile bet, as both sides know they have goals in them and either could ultimately get the win!
But if result was the question the odds slightly tilt towards the home side!