Preview - Rennes vs Saint-Étienne 11 February 19

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Match Day 24
Rennes vs. Saint-Étienne
Monday, February 11th 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Last five matches form: W L D W L
Average goals per match: 1.35
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Ismaïla Sarr (5)

Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.18
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (12)

Potentially one of the more entertaining fixtures on the slate of Match Day 24 fixtures in Ligue 1 comes at Roazhon Park as tenth placed Rennes play host to fourth placed Saint-Étienne. There may be six places separating the sides, but the difference in points is only four, and a win for the home side could see them close in significantly on the European positions. Saint-Étienne meanwhile are only six off the Champions league places with a game in hand over third place Lyon.

Both the game here last season and the clash between the sides earlier in the current campaign finished up in a 1-1 draw.

Abdoulaye Diallo, Ludovic Baal and Romain Danzé are out for the hosts. Yann M'Vila and Ole Selnaes will be missing for the away side.

Rennes are going well at present with five wins and two defeats (one of which was to PSG) in their last eight. They are unbeaten in their last four at home (winning three) and will be seeking a fifth successive home clean sheet here.

Saint-Étienne have only won twice away from home all season, a stat which is possibly key in why they may well miss out on Champions League football in the end. They are however unbeaten in their last three on the road and won't go down without a fight.

Two evenly matched sides here, and whilst a draw wouldn't be a great surprise, home advantage may just tilt things in Rennes favour.

Prediction: Rennes 2 - 1 Saint-Étienne


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  15 - 15
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 8
Possession: 42% - 58%

Al the cards issued by referee Johann Hamel were for the away side. Neven Subotic and Loic Perrin were booked whilst Romain Hamouma was dismissed for a second bookable offence in second half stoppage time.

This probably wasn't a 3-0 game on the stats, but despite being behind on possession, Rennes did exert the more incisive pressure, were more clinical throughout and deserved this victory.

Having had the better of the opening exchanges it was Rennes who took the lead in the 21st minute. Benjamin Bourigeud sending over a corner from the left to find the head of Mbaye Niang who in turn found the top right corner.

Saint-Étienne did then begin to press for an equaliser, Lois Diony striking the post and Tomas Koubek producing an excellent double save near his goal line. 1-0 at the break.

Hatem Ben Arfa had already struck the post with a twenty-yard effort, before being handed the chance to grab the second goal in the 87th minute. The referee spotting a handball in the area upon consultation with VAR and pointing to the spot. Keeper Stephane Ruffier did get fingertips to Ben Arfa's effort but was unable to prevent it from reaching the bottom left corner.

The home side then put a seal on matters in injury time. Ismaila Sari played in in the right of the area and looking like he would shoot only to lay the ball back across goal for Adrien Hunou to slot into the empty net from a couple of yards.

Rennes move up to seventh as they look to close in on the European positions. Saint-Etienne hang on to fourth at the end of Match Day 24.

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