Rennes vs Lazio Match Preview
Lazio need a win at any cost if they need to qualify to the knockouts, while Rennes are already eliminated, and do not possess much will to fight. Considering Lazio's inspiring win over Juventus just the last match-day, and their h2h win over the French outfit in the reverse fixture, the Italians are in prime position to secure the win.
Rennes vs Lazio Head-to-head (h2h)
The reverse game between the teams has been the sole h2h encounter, and then Lazio won at home with a 2-1 scoreline.
Rennes vs Lazio Prediction
Rennes were on the road the last match-day in the Europa, and had taken on Scottish rivals, Celtic. However, despite taking on a team outside of the top five leagues in Europe, the Ligue 1 squad could not make much of the fixture. The match ended in a 3-1 victory for Celtic.
Meanwhile, Lazio had won over CFR Cluj, the previous game week, with the aid of home advantage. The Italians scored an early goal, and defended well throughout the match to keep the slender lead alive.
This Thursday, Lazio are in need of a win, while for their opposite number, the game is just a formality. Lazio have six points on the board, and are in the third position in the table. However, they have more h2h away goals against the second-placed Cluj, and the Romanians are taking on the so-far unbeaten Celtic.
As such, a win will probably take Lazio to the knockouts. On the other hand, Rennes have mathematically ruled out progression, with their returns of one point from five games in the group. They have scored the least number of goals, and conceded the most. The team has also lost all of their matches in the competition, disregarding a draw.
Moreover, Rennes had also lost the reverse encounter, and they had a total of five wins from their previous eighteen overall games this season. On the contrary, Lazio are on a five-match winning run, and had won eight of their last nine fixtures as well. Away from home they are on a streak of three wins as well.
Most importantly, Lazio just recorded a win over Juventus the last match-day, and in the process, defeated the only unbeaten squad remaining in Europe.
Finally, add in the fear-factor brought by Ciro Immobile, who have been on fire for the whole of this season. The player is currently leading the Golden Boot race in Europe, that too in the defensive Serie A. He's leading the charts way ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe etc.
As such, count on a total performance from Lazio, and a convincing win. Expect them to take no chances, and get on the scoresheet before half time to prevent nerves.
Rennes vs Lazio Betting Tips
Lazio to Win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Lazio to Score in First Half @ 1.50 (1/2).