Preview - Rennes vs Nantes 12 November18

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Match Day 13
Rennes vs Nantes
Monday, November 12th, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Rennes:   
Last five matches form: D W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Ismaïla Sarr (4)

Nantes:
Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.58
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Emiliano Sala (10)

We have an intriguing encounter in store at Roazhon Park on Match Day 13 in Ligue 1, as an improving Rennes side play host to in-form Nantes.

Rennes held the edge in this fixture last season, winning this game 2-1 and coming away with a point when drawing 1-1 in Nantes.

Rennes will be without the injured trio of Ludovic Baal, Romain Danzé and Abdoulaye Diallo in addition to the suspended Ramy Bensebaini.

Rennes have picked up of late and arrive here having lost just one of their past five in Ligue 1. They did suffer disappointment in midweek though going down 3-1 to Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League. Their latest game here at home in the league also ended in defeat as they a little surprisingly lost 2-0 to Reims. They have won jus two of five at home in Ligue 1 overall.

Nantes have been flying along in Ligue 1 of late, winning their past three games, scoring eleven and conceding just once. Hitman Emiliano Sala is in spectacular form having hit 10 in his sides opening 12 games.

Nantes do give sides a chance, with both teams scoring in nine of their past 13 away games in Ligue 1.

An entertaining encounter looks on the cards here with plenty of attacking talent in each side. It is Nantes who ae playing the better football at present though and we fancy they may just edge this.


Prediction: Rennes 1 - 2 Nantes

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  8 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 61% - 39%

Madhi Zeffane, Benjamin Andre, Ramy Bensebaini and Clement Grenier were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Karim Abed also taking the names of Abdoulaye Toure, Enock Kwateng and Diego Carlos of Nantes.

A point apiece in the end at Roazhon Park and probably a fair result. Rennes did just about edge it on the balance of play, but certainly not to the extent that your could really say they were unlucky not to win.

The home side were off to a flyer in this one, taking the lead after just eight minutes. A foul on the left looked close to being a penalty, but was deemed just outside of the area. No matter. Clement Grenier drilling the ball in low towards the near post and Jakob Johansson getting the crucial flick to beat the keeper.

Having scored after eight minutes, it took Rennes only another eight minutes to relinquish the lead. Good goal this one. Lucas Lima putting in a great cross and Emiliano Sala getting across his marker to power a header into the top right corner for his eleventh goal of the campaign. 1-1 at the break.

Rennes were handed the chance to take the lead from the spot in the second half when Ismaila Sarr was sent tumbling in the area. Grenier sending his effort to the left but keeper, Ciprian Tatarusanu, guessing the right way to make the save. And that's really as close as either side came in what was an otherwise uneventful second half. 1-1 final score.

Rennes continue to plod on in mid-table, now sitting in twelfth position. Another solid point on the road for Nantes who are a couple of places higher up in tenth.



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