Sports Mole provides an overview of Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between Rennes and Strasbourg, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
The seventh and eighth of Ligue 1 stick together Sunday afternoon, while Reindeer take charge Strasbourg at Roazhon Park.
The hosts are now on an impressive winning streak, while their next opponents have had a more mixed spell lately, but produced an impressive win in their last outing.
Rennes’ streak of three consecutive Ligue 1 defeats in August and September is only a distant memory as they have now won five of their last six games in all competitions.
The most recent four of them have all been victories, with two in the league and two in this year’s first Europa League Conference.
Bruno Genesio‘sa comfortable 3-0 victory in Metz last weekend, with Gaétan Laborde, Kamaldeen Sulemana and Martin terrierThe goals of the first half secured the result before the break.
Then they followed with a triumph in Slovenia over NS Mura, where Sehrou GuirassyThe 17th minute penalty was almost immediately canceled by the hosts, but this man Laborde reappeared with the all-important goal that leaves the French team at the top of Group G.
Genesio will be delighted with his squad’s current form, but will be desperate not to let complacency set in before a tough game.
Julien Stephan will face his former team on Sunday and hope to put his knowledge of the club to good use.
While their squad’s confidence won’t be as high as that of the hosts – after a loss and a draw before the international break – Strasbourg came back from the two-week gap in style with a landslide victory over wrestlers from Saint -Etienne.
Maxime Le Marchand opened the scoring, before a Zaydou Youssouf his own goal and a Wahbi Khazri penalty saw the teams heading towards halftime at 2-1, but the goals of Kevin Gameiro, Ludovic Ajorque and Habib Diallo saw Les Rennais produce an emphatic final score of 5-1.
This result took them from 12th to eighth place, and Stephan’s men could technically climb to third place if the results continue throughout the weekend, such is the congestion in the Ligue 1 standings. .
Rennes Ligue 1 form:
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Strasbourg Ligue 1 form:
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Lovro majer was fit enough for the bench in the week, but the summer signing is unlikely to be in Rennes’ starting XI just yet.
Loïc Badé has been suspended for Thursday’s European game but will start as part of a four-way comeback here.
Jeremy Doku remains a doubt with a knee injury, which means Terrier and Jonas martin are good bets to come back to the side.
Adrien thomasson and Alexandre djiku are expected to start respectively in attacking midfield and on the right side of a three-way defender after their suspension for Strasbourg returns.
Gameiro and Ajorque look set to lead the line, but Diallo is also vying for a place up front.
Starting eleven possible in Rennes:
Gomis; Traoré, Bade, Aguerd, Meling; Bourigeaud, Martin, Tait, Sulemana; Laborde, Terrier
Starting eleven possible in Strasbourg:
Sales; The Merchant, Djiku, Nyamsi; Guilbert, Sissoko, Aholou, Liénard; Thomasson; Ajorque, Gameiro
We say: Rennes 1-1 Strasbourg
It should be a close affair between two parties in good shape. Both managers favor an attacking style of football, but neither are too sloppy in defense and they can nullify each other to some extent, so we are backing an entertaining 1-1 draw on this occasion.