Preview - Rennes vs Bordeaux 03 September 18

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Match Day 4
Rennes vs Bordeaux
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Last five matches form: W D L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.32
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.16
Top Scorer 17/18: Benjamin Bourigeaud (10)
Last five matches form: W W L L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.39
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.26
Top Scorer 17/18: François Kamano ( 8 )

An intriguing clash between two sides in decent form in Ligue 1 this weekend as Rennes take on Bordeaux.

Rennes will have no doubt been disappointed with their display on the opening day when going down 3-1 away at Lille. They have rebounded pretty strongly though in beating Angers at home before picking up a deserved 2-2 draw away at Marseille.

Bordeaux had looked pretty inept in losing their opening two games at home to Strasbourg and away to Toulouse, which made it all the more surprising that they managed to beat Monaco last weekend. Having kept the good times rolling with a win in the Europa League in midweek, perhaps things are now looking up under caretaker manager, Éric Bédouet.

Both managers have the luxury of a relatively fit squad from which to select. Adrien Hunou of Rennes being the only confirmed absentee at this stage.

Rennes won both games between the sides last season, keeping two clean sheets for good measure. Interestingly though four of the six clashes between the teams here at Roazhon Park have ended in a draw.

Bordeaux played really well last week to beat Monaco, showing that they can mix it with those in the upper reaches of the league on their day. Rennes were also excellent at Marseille though and home advantage may just tilt things in their favour.

Prediction: Rennes 3 - 2 Bordeaux


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  14 - 5
Shots on target: 9 - 1
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 50% - 50%

Three bookings in this one, all for the away side, with referee Benoit Bastien taking the names of Maxime Poundje, Lukas Lerager and Younousse Sankhare.

Bordeaux had looked much improved when seeing off Monaco last weekend at home, and again in European action in midweek. Whether that took something out of their legs we don't know, but they were simply never in this game, registering just the one shot on target and being thoroughly dominated by a confident Rennes outfit throughout.

Rennes struck first in the 12th minute. A Clement Grenier corner from the right being met perfectly by Benjamin Andre running onto the ball to power a header into the top left.

Four minutes later this game was just about in safe keeping for the hosts. Another corner, this time from the left-hand side finding Ramy Bensebaini unmarked in the area to plant a header low and into the right-hand side. And that really was that.

There was a shot blocked on the line and a couple of smart stops by Bordeaux keeper Benoit Costil but it was 2-0 at the break.

Younousse Sankhare was Bordeaux's biggest threat on the night, firing narrowly wide when played through on the left, before cracking another effort onto the outside of the left upright from inside the area.

Mbaye Niang and James Lea Siliki were introduced from the bench for Rennes and both had chances to add to the scoreline.

2-0 final score though. New signing Hatem Ben Arfa was watching on from the stands today and he will likely have been pretty pleased with what he saw from this Rennes side.

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