Rennes vs Shakhtar predictions and betting tips on February 23, 2023
On February 23, Stade de la Route de Lorient (Rennes) will host the second leg of the 1/16 final match of the Europa League, in which Rennes will compete with Shakhtar (Donetsk). The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team could not catch up with PSG, moreover, it was not able to reach the level of Monaco or Lille. Still, the last few years have been pretty successful. The higher mentioned period brought the Coupe de France, which was won after a very long pause, and a record result – the 3rd place that allowed starting its way in the Champions League. It goes without saying that the previous draw, which ended in the 4th position of the Ligue 1, may be added to the asset. The same can be said about the group stage of the Europa League that was comfortably overcame in the autumn, where 2 out of 3 victories happened in the battles with other Ukrainian club – Dynamo Kyiv. The only embarrassing thing was that the French team had noticeably worsened performance at the domestic arena by the time the play-offs began. In Warsaw, as a result, it conceded two goals before the break, but managed to score by means of Toko Ekambi’s efforts in the second half.
The club has started the play-offs of the Europa League without the practice of official matches in the winter. Still, it is a familiar situation for the representatives of Ukraine – the national championship always resumes later than the European tournaments after the winter break due to natural and climatic conditions. There was a force majeure in the previous year, if it is correct to call the hostilities that way. “The Miners” had to be assembled half anew (the part that is connected to the legionnaires). To tell the truth, the work of the new mentor, Jovicevic, in such conditions was excellent, at least in the context of the Champions League. They performed better there than in 2021, getting 6 points and, as a result, the 3rd place in the group. Still, it is reasonable to mention that the brightest star of “the Orange and Blacks”, Mudryk, is already at Chelsea. The team won the formally home match last Thursday without him; it could have got even more successful score than a 2-1 victory...
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The clubs have met only once by this season – that happened in the UEFA Cup in 2005. Then, “the Miners” were stronger, winning in France with a 1-0 score.
Bookmakers believe in the French team. Nevertheless, “the Miners” are underestimated once again. It is enough for them not to lose, and they will succeed with the higher mentioned task (odd: 2.23).