Preview- Saint-Étienne vs Rennes 21 October 18

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Match Day 8
Saint-Étienne vs Rennes
Monday, October 22nd, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.22
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (4)

Last five matches form: L L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Clément Grenier & Ismaïla Sarr (2)

It's seventh plays eleventh in Ligue 1 this weekend as Saint-Étienne play host to a Rennes side who have shown definite signs of improvement of late.

These two were closely matched last season, with this game finishing up in a 2-2 draw and the reverse fixture ending 1-1.

Saint-Étienne had been ticking along very nicely with three consecutive wins in Ligue 1 but that run came to an end when they were put in their place 3- 1 away to Lille last time out. They will see this fixture as an ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways.

Suspension keeps Ole Selnaes out for Saint-Étienne who otherwise look to be at full strength ahead of this game. Adrien Hunou and Ludovic Baal miss out for Rennes.

Saint-Étienne have lost just one of their previous thirteen at home in Ligue 1.

Having lost three of their opening four away trips this season, Rennes finally got a win under their belts when coming out on top 2-1 at Monaco last time out. They will be looking to build on that positive performance here.

We like the look of this Rennes side at the minute, with Hatem Ben Arfa looking an inspired signing, and crucially looking fit, trim and motivated. He can be a game changer against any side. Whether he can lead his side to victory here we aren't sure, but we do see Rennes claiming a point.

Prediction: Saint-Étienne 2 - 2 Rennes


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  5 - 12
Shots on target: 2 - 5
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 54% - 46%

One goal apiece and one booking apiece in this one with referee Clement Turpin taking the names of Sainte-Etienne's Lois Diony and Ramy Bensebaini of Rennes.

Honours even in Saint-Etienne in the end. More encouraging signs from Rennes though. Well in front in the total shot count, if any side was a little unlucky not to win this game then it was undoubtedly the visitors.

It was however the home side who got their noses in front in just the fourth minute. Something of a calamity from Clement Grenier in the area. Thinking he had way more time than he did, Grenier dithered slightly on the ball and simultaneously lost possession to and tripped Wahbi Khazri inside the box. Penalty kick. Khazri himself doing the honours to find the bottom right.

Hatem Ben Arfa was electrifying at times once again here and came close to scoring a wonderful solo goal only to be denied by keeper Stephane Ruffier.

Rennes did equalise in the 34th minute though. Excellent work down the right-hand side seeing Hamari Traore play in Ismaila Sarr in the right of the area. Sarr finishing smartly across the keeper into the bottom left.

Rennes had the chance to win it in the second half. Another scintillating Ben Arfa run being brought to an end illegally in the area. Penalty kick. Ben Arfa took responsibility but may have wished he hadn't as he fired wide. 1-1 it finished.

Khazri then had a golden opportunity to grab a second. Spinning well in the area he seemed certain to score only to be denied by a superb one handed stop from Abdoulaye Diallo. 1-1 at the break.

Saint-Etienne drop down to sixth on the back of this result. Rennes stay eleventh.

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