Preview - Nantes vs Rennes 13 January 19

Started by Harry85, Jan 13, 2019, 04:38 AM

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Match Day 19
Nantes vs. Rennes
Sunday, January 13th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau

Last five matches form: D L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.44
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Emiliano Sala (12)

Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Ismaila Sarr (5)

We have a mid-table battle in store on Match Day 20 in Ligue 1 as eleventh placed Nantes play host to tenth placed Rennes. With just three points between the sides, Nantes would move above Rennes on goal difference should they pick up the win here.

There was nothing between then sides in then reverse of this fixture earlier in the season with the game in Rennes finishing up 1-1. 1-1 was also the score-line in this fixture last season. Rennes won then most recent clash between the teams when knocking Nantes of the Coupe de la Ligue with a 2-1 win at home.

Matt Miazga, Gabriel Boschilla and Joris Kayembe are all out for the home side. Rennes must do without Abdoulaye Diallo, Ludovic Baal and Romain Danzé.

Nantes had a slow start in front of their own fans, failing to win any of their first four games at home. They have picked up of late though and arrive at this game with four wins and a draw in their past four on their own turf.

Rennes heads into this game on their best run of the season to date and will be seeking their fourth win on the spin here. They have kept a clean sheet in each of those games. They have pretty much held their own on their travels so far, winning three, drawing three and losing three of their nine games to date.

Both of these sides are a little hit and miss, as indicated by their positions in the table. Nantes are on a good run at home, but Rennes are playing some good stuff themselves and we can't split these two.

Prediction: Nantes 2 - 2 Rennes


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  10 - 4
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 55% - 45%

Andrei, Nicolas Pallois, Lucas Lima, Fabio and Majeed Waris were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Ruddy Buquet also taking the names of Benjamin Andre, Clement Grenier and Mbaye Niang of Rennes.

Nantes must rate as slightly unfortunate losers here. Whether they did quite enough to deserve winning the game is debatable, but having led the possession and been comfortably on top in the shot count, they were a little unluck to come away with nothing at all. Rennes had just the one shot on target over the course of the ninety minutes, but in the end that's all they needed to pick up the points.

Nantes looked to have gotten off to a dream start here when Diego Carlos seemingly headed the ball home following a cross from the right hand side. Upon inspection with VAR though, the ball was in fact found to have gone in via has arm and rightly chalked off.

Then in the 13th minute the hosts found themselves behind. Hatem Ben Arfa curling a free kick from deep on the left into the area and finding the head of Damien Da Silva at the far post and around six yards from goal. Good header from Da Silva, down, back across goal and in. 0-1 at the break.

Nantes really ought to have equalised in the second half. A ball from the right cutting the keeper and defence out of it and leaving Anthony Limbombe with the seemingly simple task of heading into an open goal……he hit the post. That's as close as the home side would come. 0-1 final score.

Big win for Rennes who now move all the way up to seventh and are only four points adrift of the Champions League places. Disappointing for Nantes, particularly at home in front of their own fans. They slip to twelfth.

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