Preview - Monaco vs Rennes 08 October 18

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Match Day 9
Monaco vs Rennes
Monday, October 8th, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: L D D L L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (3)

Last five matches form: W L L L D
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.63
Top Scorer: Clément Grenier & Ismaïla Sarr (2)

One of the most interesting matches on this week's slate of fixtures in Ligue 1 comes in this clash between two sides who will be more than a little disappointed with the starts they have made to the season.

The above comment undoubtedly applies most strongly to Monaco who have begun their campaign in woeful form. They certainly appear to have declined rapidly from the side who were winning this league not so long ago. The team from the principality have now failed to win any of their last nine games in all competitions and languish in third bottom spot.

Rennes haven't been an awful lot better so far this season - a fact well evidenced by the fact they sit just one place above Monaco in the standings - but they have dropped a few hints that they could emerge into a decent unit. They have also been fairly solid on the road having avoided defeat in eight of their past 11 away games in Ligue 1.

Hatem Ben Arfa is a truly special player when he has the bit between his teeth and showed more than enough in last weeks home draw with Toulouse to suggest that the fire is burning brightly at present. How long that will last is hard to say, but we fancy he may well help to make the difference here against this struggling Monaco outfit.

Prediction: Monaco 1 - 2 Rennes


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  6 - 11
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 2 - 3
Possession: 52% - 48%

Jemerson, Youri Tielmans, Kamil Glik, Aleksandr Golovin and Djibril Sidibe were all booked for the home side who were reduced to ten men in the 45th minute when Andrea Riggi was shown a straight red card. Damien Da Silva was the only Rennes player to have his name taken by referee Olivier Thual.

Rennes were certainly aided by the sending off of Raggi, but they were already a goal up at the time of the dismissal and just about deserved this win overall.

The visitors were the brighter side early on and took the lead in the 14th minute. A corner from the right hand side evading everyone but Damien Da Silva arriving at the far post who then had the simple task of turning the ball in from point blank range.

Raggi's moment of madness also came as a corner came in from the right as he took leave of his senses to punch Clement Grenier in the side of the head. Crazy. Straight red card.

Four minutes into the second half the ten men of Monaco found themselves back on level terms. A swift break from midfield ending up with the ball being played to Radamel Falcao in the right-hand side of the area. Falcao doing what he does best and finishing into the bottom left corner.

The winner came in the 77th minute. Hatem Ben Arfa picking the ball up towards the right-hand side around 25 yards from goal and being allowed time and space to shoot. Ben Arfa making Monaco pay with a rocket into the right-hand side of the goal. 1-2 final score.

Monaco's desperate start to the season continues as they slip into the bottom three on the back of this defeat. Rennes move up to eleventh.

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