Preview - Strasbourg vs Rennes 26 August 19

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Match Day 3
Strasbourg vs. Rennes
Monday, August 26th 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau

Last five matches form: L L W D D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.53
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.26
Top Scorer (18/19): Lebo Mothiba & Ludovic Ajorque

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.45
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.37
Top Scorer (18/19): M'Baye Niang (11)

It's been a perfect start to the season for Rennes. It wasn't easy to know what to expect from the Roazhon Park club this season, but two wins from two, including over defending champions PSG suggests that a productive season may lie ahead. Next on the agenda is this trip to Strasbourg.

The two meetings between the sides last season both resulted in an away win. Rennes winning 2-0 in this game, and Strasbourg running away with it by a 4-1 score-line in the reverse.

No confirmed absentees for the home side. Rennes will be without the injured Adrien Hunou and suspended Flavien Tait.

Strasbourg have begun the season well enough themselves as they attempt to juggle their league fixtures with European qualifiers. A draw at home to Metz on the opening day was a little underwhelming, but they are nevertheless still unbeaten having also picked up a point away at Reims last weekend.

We like the look of Rennes in this one. They have been playing the better football of the two sides for us, will be full of confidence following that PSG win and have the benefit of having had a free week, whereas Strasbourg where in Europa League action.

Rennes admittedly weren't the most consistent side last season, often flattering to deceive, but are still just favoured to pick up the points on the road.

Prediction: Strasbourg 1 - 2 Rennes


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  19 - 7
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 0
Possession: 51% - 49%

Lamine Kone and Alexander Djiku were booked for the home side, whilst Abdallah Ndour was dismissed for a second yellow in the 83rd minute. Faitout Maouassa and Benjamin Bourigeaud of Rennes also had their names taken by referee Ruddy Buquet.

Purely on the stats the hosts can certainly count themselves a little unfortunate to have lost this one. Although they were well clear in the shot count, few of those efforts could really be said to be gilt-edged opportunities - other than the missed penalty of course. Rennes for their part defended when they needed to and took their chances when they came.

The first of those chances arrived in the 16th minute and it was taken by Clement Grenier. Latching onto a long ball into the right edge of the area, Grenier controlled on his chest, and whilst forced wide to the right, he did well to maintain control, make space for a shot and fire in low from around seven yards just to the right of the six yard box.

The home side were then handed an opportunity to level six minutes before the break. A penalty kick awarded upon consultation with VAR following what appeared to be a catalogue of fouls in the right of the area. Jonas Martin firing low to the left-hand side, but the keeper going the right way and making the save. 0-1 at the break.

It took Rennes only nine second half minutes to double their advantage. Nice work from Hamari Traore attacking down the right flank, driving towards the by-line before cutting the ball back to the edge of the eighteen-yard box. Mbaye Niang with a lovely composed placed finish into the bottom left.

Abdallah Ndour's potential ankle-breaking challenge being rewarded with a red was the only remaining major incident in the game.

0-2 final score.

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