Rennes vs Panathinaikos Prediction - Soccer Picks 11/9/23

Rennes (2-0-1) vs Panathinaikos (1-1-1)

Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 12:45 pm (Roazhon Park)

Rennes -143/Panathinaikos +460- Over/Under: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Action in the UEFA Europa League continues on Thursday, November 9, 2023, with a duel between Rennes and Panathinaikos at Roazhon Park. These teams currently hold the first two places in Group F; Rennes are 1st with six, while Panathinaikos are 2nd with four points. Check out our Rennes vs Panathinaikos betting preview and prediction.

Rennes (Form and News)

Frustrated manager Bruno Génésio admitted he’s finding Rennes performances “annoying” right now after they suffered a fourth defeat in six matches (W1, L1) on Sunday. The boss was unhappy with his team as they were beaten 2-0 by high-flying Nice, stating that they are suffering so many defeats because they are making the same mistakes as they were at the start of the campaign.

Génésio also blamed the low “confidence” within the group, so he will hope a return to UEFA Europa League (UEL) action can signal a change in fortunes. The French outfit are attempting to progress out of the group stages of a European competition for the third successive season and have picked up six of an available nine points so far (W2, L1), including a 2-1 victory over opponents for this match Panathinaikos last month.

Player to watch: Amine Gouiri, who netted for Rennes in the reverse fixture, has scored six of his UEL seven goals before HT, with three of those strikes being the first of the game.

At least Génésio doesn’t have any new injury-related concerns; only goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is questionable with a knee injury.

Panathinaikos (Form and News)

The Greeks will by no means be pushovers though, given that was their only defeat in their last eight matches, a run that includes five victories (D2). The most recent was a 2-1 win at Lamia on Saturday, secured through Andraž Šporar’s last-gasp strike. That result kept Ivan Jovanović’s men top of the Super League 1 table as they go in search of their first title since 2009/10

Their form in the UEL hasn’t been quite so good, although they have still collected a respectable four points from three outings (W1, D1, L1), including a 2-0 home victory over Villarreal. A further win in this clash would enhance their chances of reaching the knockout stages of a European competition for the first time in over a decade. But the fact they haven’t won any of their last 11 UEL away matches outside of qualifying ties (D3, L8) won’t inspire confidence.

Hot stat: There have been 3+ match goals in eight of Panathinaikos’ last nine outings across all competitions.

Player to watch: Alberto Brignoli only kept one clean sheet in five European away games (W1, D1, L3).


Rennes vs Panathinaikos H2H Record

The H2H clash in Athens two weeks ago is the only one between these sides. Rennes won 2-1 thanks to the goals from Amine Gouiri and Arnaud Kalimuendo, while Fotis Ioannidis scored from the penalty for Panathinaikos.

Rennes vs Panathinaikos Odds

Rennes are -143 favorites to get three points in this one. A draw is at +320, while you can back Panathinaikos at +460. For those who love to bet on goals, Over 2.5 is at -120, and Under 2.5 is at +112. Both teams to score bettors can choose between BTTS YES at -119 and BTTS NO at +106. Take a look at more soccer odds here!

Rennes vs Panathinaikos Pick

Panathinaikos are in a much better form than Rennes at the moment. PAO lost just two of the previous 12 matches, but one of those losses came to Rennes in Greece. The French league is more competitive than the Greek, so we can’t really compare the qualities of these sides. Rennes have a better team and they already proved that once, so I am backing them to get another victory on Thursday.

Rennes suffered only one home defeat this season; it was against PSG a month ago. Les Rouge et Noirs beat Maccabi Haifa 3-0 at Roazhon Park earlier in the competition, and with another W here, they will pretty much secure a place in the knockout phase.

Oliver’s Pick Rennes to win (-143)

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