Preview - Rennes vs Toulouse 30 September 18

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Match Day 7
Rennes vs Toulouse
Sunday, September 30th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Last five matches form: D W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.29
Average goals against per match:1.71
Top Scorer: Clément Grenier & Ismaïla Sarr (2)

Last five matches form: W W D D L
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (3)

The Ligue 1 action continues this coming Sunday as Rennes play host to Toulouse.

Rennes began the season in encouraging enough style, with two wins and a draw from their opening four games. It hasn't been quite so good since though and they head into this fixture having lost their last three.

It's been a similar story for Toulouse. Having won three of their first four they are now winless in three and will be looking to get back on track here following a 3-2 defeat at home to Saint-Etienne last week.

Rennes came out on top 2-1 in this fixture last year in addition to knocking Toulouse out of the cup. Toulouse won the reverse league fixture 3-2.

Rennes will be missing the injured Adrien Hunou for this one in addition to the suspended Jeremy Gelin. Steeve Yago and Yaya Sanogo are the Toulouse absentees.

Rennes have avoided defeat in eight of their last ten at home.

Toulouse have struggled on the road for some time now having won only two of their last 16 away games in Ligue 1 - losing 10.

Rennes look the better side on paper here and we suspect it may simply be a case that they are taking a little time to gel following a number of new acquisitions over the summer. We fancy the home side to just do enough to take the points here.

Prediction: Rennes 2 - 1 Toulouse


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  15 - 3
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 67% - 33%

Benjamin Andre was booked for the home side in this one. Toulouse were reduced to ten men when Aaron Leya Iseka was booked and sent off in the 43rd minute. Referee Thomas Leonard also took the names of Ibrahim Sangare and Jean-Clair Todibo for the visitors.

Rennes really will be wondering how they managed not to win this one. Well ahead on possession and having five times as many shots as Toulouse, in they end they only had to hold onto a lead for twenty minutes against ten men but couldn't manage it.

It was good to see Hatem Ben Arfa back in action for Rennes. If he is able to rediscover anything like his best form, he will be a major weapon for the side. As it was the home team dominated territorially in the first half but weren't really able to create many clear-cut chances, other than an early header from Benjamin Andre which was well saved by Baptiste Reynet.

Rennes were making their numerical advantage tell in the second half and very nearly went in front through James Lea Siliki. His effort from a tight angle on the right striking the cross bar and bouncing down onto the line before rebounding to safety off the far post. Unlucky.

Then came the controversial penalty kick. Jean-Clair Todibo looking to get all of the ball before making contact with M'Baye Niang.  The referee was unmoved by the protests of the away side though. Niang himself stepping up to send the keeper the wrong way and find the bottom right corner.

Baptiste Reynet kept his side in it with a couple of smart stops and then in the 87th minute perhaps some sort of justice was done. Jean-Clair Todibo rising highest to meet a Max Gradel cross from the left and head into the back of the net.

Rennes remain down in sixteenth after this result, with Toulouse sitting relatively pretty in seventh.

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