Preview - Rennes vs Toulouse 29 April 2018

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Match Day 35
Rennes vs Toulouse
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Last five matches form: W D D L D
Average goals per match: 1.26
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (9)

Last five matches form: D L L W D
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (7)

Seventh plays sixteenth this week in Ligue 1 as Rennes welcome Toulouse to Roazhon Park.

Only four points off fifth placed Saint-Etienne, with this match also representing a game in hand, Rennes still have a decent chance of making the Europa League next season. They do need a misstep from both Saint-Atienne and Nice in the remaining games though. First things first though, they need to win their own matches, starting here.

With Benjamin André and Ismaila Sarr returning from suspension, Hamari Traore is the only doubt for the home side.

Five points clear of the relegation places with only four games remaining, it would be something of a surprise were Toulouse to go down now. Until they are mathematically safe there's always a chance though and they will be keen to pick up something here to further take the pressure off.

Quentin Boigard is the only confirmed absentee for the visitors.

Rennes are far from being a reliable proposition at home having only won six of 16 in Ligue 1 this campaign. Goals are their main problem. Sabri Lamouchi's men have scored more than once at home on only four occasions. Should they concede then a draw is often the best they can hope for.

Overall this game does have the look of a draw. Rennes have drawn three of their last four overall, whilst Toulouse have drawn three of their last four on the road.

Prediction: Rennes 1 - 1 Toulouse


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 6 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 2 - 7
Possession: 53% - 47%

Goalscorer James Edward Lea Siliki certainly had an eventful afternoon, scoring the first, assisting the second, being booked in the 50th minute and being sent off for a second yellow twenty minutes later. Max-Alain Gradel was the only Toulouse player to have his name taken by referee Stephane Jochem.

It was the visitors who took the lead in the eighteenth minute, although they did have a fair bit of help from the home side. Decent build up work from Toulouse ending with Rennes' Joris Gnagnon diverting the ball into the back of his own net.

Rennes were back on level terms before the break though, good interplay between Ramy Bensebaini and Wahbi Khazri culminating in the latter teeing up Siliki for a tap in.

The winner came almost immediately after the break. Good ball from Ismaila Sarr to pick out Siliki breaking into the left-hand side of the box. Siliki's low ball falling to Benjamin Bourigeaud just beyond the far post around five yards out. Bourigeaud doing well to finish from a tight angle.

Toulouse gave it their all in an effort to get back into it, racking up nine attempts in the last 19 minutes. All to no avail though. 2-1 final score.

Three points for Rennes here take them to the brink of European qualification. They sit in sixth place just one point adrift of Saint-Etienne in the race for the final Europa League position.

It is the other end of the table which concerns Toulouse though. Remaining fourth bottom on 34 points, they are now within striking distance of both Troyes and Lille with just three games remaining.

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