FC Astana – Rennes SOCCER PICKS
Astana and Rennes meet at Astana Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team comes to this second day of Group K after a draw in its opening in this group stage, against Dynamo Kiev, by (2-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Zhetysu by (3-0). In the last 10 home matches Astana has won 8, tied 1 and lost 1. In 15 appearances, they have conceded the first goal 4 times and have never won the comeback.
Astana enter this game motivated, after a triumph at home, 3-0, at the reception to Zhetysu: Janga and Tomasov scored the goals that allowed his team to win the victory. The greatest valence of the locals resides in the capacity that demonstrates in driving their offensive attacks through rapid transitions. The Congolese Kabananga is responsible for putting the adversary’s defenses into meaning, since their highest quality is the ability to find spaces. The coach of the premises must have all players at their disposal.
The visiting team comes to this 2nd round of Group K after a victory in its opening in this group stage, against the Jablonec, by (2-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Toulouse by (1-1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions Rennes has won 1, tied 4 and lost 5. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for the opponent, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has scored regularly, as he always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 22 of the last 23 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 8 of its last 10 games, of these 8 reached the break in advantage in 3 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 3. In the last 6 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period in highlight: he scored 3 of his 6 goals between the minutes (31’-45 ‘).
The Rennes enters this game after a draw at home, a ball, at the reception to Toulouse. The foreign team may act in a 4-5-1, being that it must adopt a more defensive posture, with the objective of trying to avoid suffering any goal caused by tactical errors. In this way, a draw in this match can not be considered a negative result. Coach Sabri Lamouchi will not be able to count on Adrien Huou, for being injured.