Celtic vs RennesUEFA Europa League, KO: 20:00 Nov 28, 2019, Celtic Park
Celtic incomparably conquered Rome and by doing so the Bhoys brilliantly booked their place in the last-32 of the Europa League with two games to spare.
Neil Lennon's men lead the way in Group E and and a fourth consecutive European success on Thursday night would see Celtic seal top-spot in the section.
Standing in Celtic's way is a Rennes outfit who are rooted to the bottom of the group having only picked up one point thus far – they drew 1-1 with the Hoops on matchday one.
Julien Stephan's side have since lost away at Lazio, before crashing to a double defeat against Cluj and consequently the French side have been eliminated from the competition after four rounds of fixtures.
Domestically, Rennes have made a labored start to their Ligue 1 campaign where they currently lie 12th in the table – just four points above the relegation zone – having won just five of their opening 14 matches in the French top-flight so far.
Celtic, in stark contrast, are seeking their ninth win on the spin across all competitions and the Scottish champions will be confident of racking up another three points on Thursday night when Rennes rock up to Parkhead.
Cluj and Lazio were both put to the sword when they visited this venue and the bookmakers believe the Bhoys will bag a clean-sweep of home wins by making Celtic odds-on favourites at 8/15 (PaddyPower).
Rennes are set to ring the changes in Glasgow's east end and that can perhaps be attributed to Les Rouge et Noir being an unfancied 19/4 (Bet 365) to triumph in this tussle, while a share of the spoils is also deemed unlikely at big odds-against of 3/1 (Ladbrokes)
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has vowed to field a full-strength side on Thursday night with the aim of ensuring his side finish top of the pile.
Therefore, expect Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard to lead the line for Lennon's troops and if so I fancy the French hitman to hit the back of the net against a Rennes team who have failed to keep a clean-sheet in their last 12 attempts.
Edourad is enjoying an exquisite season for Celtic having scored 14 goals in 25 appearances to date and he is a tempting 23/20 (Ladbrokes) to add to that tally against a ropey Rennes rearguard.
In conjunction with that, I'm also attracted to the 13/10 (William Hill) on offer for free-scoring Celtic to make the net bulge at both ends of Celtic Park.
Red-hot Celtic are playing with fluency and without fear and they are averaging three goals per-game in the Scottish top-flight – and if the Hoops are in the mood on Thursday night then that does not bode well for a Rennes backline who are leaking goals.
Furthermore, with the French side set to rest key players, coupled with the fact that Celtic's big-hitters will be unleashed here, I suspect Celtic will make it nine wins in a row.
Yet, a Celtic success looks slightly short at 8/15 (PaddyPower) however, an alternative angle that I do like the look of is backing Celtic to win in a game that sees over 1.5 match goals scored at 17/20 (Betway) – a combination that would have generated profit in the Hoops last 10 home matches.
This UEFA Europa League match between Celtic and Rennes will be played on Nov 28, 2019 and kick off at 20:00