- Under 2.5 goals were scored in each of Sevilla’s last five games.
- Sevilla scored just two goals in their last five fixtures.
- Rennes scored just three times in their last three matches.
Few goals anticipated in Spain
Europa League title holders and seasoned continental campaigners Sevilla are favourites to beat Champions League newcomers Rennes in Spain on Wednesday, though there is every reason to believe the fixture at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán will be low on goals.
Seville remain an incredibly well-disciplined unit, though their return of just two goals from their last five assignments points to a problem at the top end that manager Julen Lopetegui can’t seem to fix.
Defensively, Los Nervionenses continue to look solid however, as evidenced by a strong showing in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea last week, and as a result, excitement levels in their recent matches have been low with under 2.5 goals scored in each of their last five fixtures.
We don’t expect things to pick up when Sevilla host a Rennes outfit with final third issues of their own to contend with on Wednesday. With just three goals in their last three outings, Les Rennais’ early-season lethal touch has all but deserted them, and they should find breaking down Sevilla’s notoriously watertight rearguard extremely tough this week.
With that in mind, and Sevilla’s lack of attacking thrust also a factor, the under 2.5 goals market looks a smart approach for Wednesday’s Group E tussle, while our correct score prediction backs the hosts to lean on their top-level knowhow to eke out a narrow 1-0 victory.