Preview - Reims vs Rennes 18 February 19

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Match Day 24
Reims vs. Rennes
Monday, February 18th 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Auguste Delaune

Last five matches form: D D W W D
Average goals per match: 0.88
Average goals against per match: 0.92
Top Scorer: Rémi Oudin (5)

Last five matches form: L D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.42
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Hatem Ben Arfa & Ismaila Sarr (5)

One of the most evenly poised matchups on Match Day 24 in Ligue 1 comes at the Stade Auguste Delaune as eleventh placed Reims play host to eighth placed Rennes. With only a single point separating the sides headed into the game, the home side have the possibility of moving up a few spots with a win in this one.

Reims bossed this game last season when running out 3-1 winners. They also had the edge in the game between the sides earlier in the current campaign- coming away from Rennes with a 2-0 win back in October.

Moussa Doumbia and Ghislain Konan are out for the home side. Abdoulaye Diallo, Jordan Siebatcheu, Ludovic Baal and Romain Danzé are all out for Rennes.

Anyone looking for a guide to how to make a side tough to beat may want to take a look at the Reims blueprint. They don't score many, don't concede many, don't win as many as their fans would like, but have now lost only twice in their past 17 in the league. A fine achievement for a side of their resources.

18 of Reims 24 league games this season have featured 2 or fewer goals. They have however conceded in each of their past six at home.

Rennes continue to be a little hit and miss but are on a good run overall with six wins in their last nine. They have scored at least once in every away game this season, but will be looking to avoid a third away loss on the spin here - although the most recent of those did come at PSG.

Reims have been looking just a shade more vulnerable of late, and that may be enough for Rennes to pick up a narrow win.

Prediction: Reims 0 - 1 Rennes


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  7 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 35% - 65%

Two bookings at the Stade Auguste Delaune, with referee Florent Batta taking the names of Xavier Chavalerin of Reims and Ramy Bensebaini of Rennes.

It's not for nothing that Reims have one of the best defensive records in the division, and they displayed their prowess at winning tight games once again here. Behind on the total shots and possession, they nevertheless restricted Rennes to jut the one shot on target as they repeated their 2-0 win at Roazhon Park from earlier in the season.

The home side took the lead in just the third minute here. Slick passing move working down the right-hand side having the Rennes defence all at sea. It all culminated with Tristan Dingome finding Boulaye Dia just behind the penalty spot and Dia finishing really well into the bottom right corner.

Hatem Ben Arfa had Rennes only real chance of the opening period when sending a 25-yard free kick into the side netting. 1-0 at the break.

Reims were threatening early in the second half - striking the post before doubling their advantage in the 68th minute. Rennes coughing up possession cheaply just inside the Reims half and the home side hitting on the break, Arber Zeneli slipping in Remi Oudin in the left-hand side of the area and Oudin finishing emphatically into the top left corner.

Rennes simply didn't ever look getting back into the game after that as Reims were proving to be impenetrable at times. 2-0 final score.

Big turnaround in the standings on the back of this result. Reims move all the way up to seventh and now only two points off Europa League qualifying. Rennes slip down to tenth.

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