Preview - Marseille vs Rennes 27 August 18

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Match Day 3
Marseille vs Rennes
Monday, August 27th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium:  Stade Vélodrome

Last five matches form: W D W W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.11
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.24
Top Scorer 17/18: Florian Thauvin (22)

Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.32
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.16
Top Scorer 17/18: Benjamin Bourigeaud (10)

One of the more appealing matches in Ligue this weekend takes place at the Stade Vélodrome, as last seasons fourth placed side, Marseille, play host to fifth placed finishers, Rennes.

Rennes stunned Marseille with a 3-1 win in this game last season, but Marseille gained their revenge when coming out on top 3-0 in the reverse fixture.

Marseille began the season with a comfortable victory against Toulouse, but then suffered a shock 3-1 defeat away to Ligue 1 new boys Nimes last weekend. They will be looking to bounce back in front of their own fans here.

It's been a similar story for Rennes who went down 3-1 away to Lille in their opener before bouncing back to beat Angers 1-0 at home last week.

Marseille have issues at the back ahead of this game. First choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and centre back Rolando both being ruled out through injury.

Adrien Hunou is out for Rennes who also await news on the availability of Jordan Siebatcheu and Ludovic Baal.

Both of these would probably have hoped for a better start to the season as they look to build on last year's positive showing.

From what we have seen Marseille do still look the marginally better side. Those injuries at the back are concerning for the hosts though and may see this end in a score draw.

Prediction: Marseille 2 - 2 Rennes


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  8 - 8
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 60% - 40%

Just the two bookings in this one with referee Antony Gautier taking the names of Boubacar Kamara of Marseille and Benjamin Andre of Rennes.

Marseille had all their big guns out in force from an attacking perspective, but as anticipated they looked far from watertight at the back here. Having said that they would have been unlucky to lose this one with Rennes registering just the one shot on target in the game and scoring from it.

It was a penalty kick for the visitors which opened the scoring at the Vélodrome in the 38th minute. Benjamin Bourigeud coolly finishing into the left-hand side. Following a tense opening period the visitors would no doubt be delighted that they now seemed likely to take a lead into the interval.

Things were to get even better for Rennes before the half-time whistle blew though. An absolute calamity from replacement keeper Yohann Pele, failing to deal with the most routine of low crosses and spilling the ball to Ismaila Sarr to tap home. 0-2 at the break.

Credit to Marseille though they did fight back in the second half despite those two late blows in the opening 45.

They pulled one back in the 54th minute through Lucas Ocampos. Pinball in the area with the ball coming off a number of heads and the post before falling to the front man to fire in from point blank range.

The equaliser came in the 72nd minute and this time it was the turn of a Rennes player to hold his head in his hands. Attempting to deal with a cross from the right-hand side Ramy Bensebaini instead planted an unstoppable header past his own goalkeeper.

2-2 final score.

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