Preview - Rennes vs Nice 01 September 19

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Match Day 4
Rennes vs. Nice
Sunday, September 1st 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Last five matches form: W 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)

Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 0.79
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.92
Top Scorer (18/19): Youcef Atal (6)

Only one perfect record remains as we head into Match Day 4. It belongs not to PSG, Lille nor Lyon but,  a little surprisingly, it is Rennes who have begun the season better that the rest. Already having a win over PSG under their belts, they will likely be full of confidence headed into this home clash with Patrick Viera's Nice outfit.

Nice edged this fixture last season - putting in one of their trademark away performances to pick up a goalless draw in this game, and winning 2-1 at home.

You have to have been pretty impressed with the manner in which Rennes have started the season. Looking rock solid at the back, the only goal they have conceded across the three games has come against PSG. With M'Baye Niang looking razor sharp on the front end, they look to have a nice balance to the side at present.

Nice have won two of three - beating Amiens and Nîmes, but losing 2-1 at home to Marseille in midweek. Having only conceded 35 goals in the whole of last season, the most disappointing aspect of their performances to date for Viera will likely be that they haven't yet managed a clean sheet this term.

It's hard to see too much between these sides in terms of personnel. Nice don't seem to be quite hitting the heights of last season as yet though and may just come unstuck against a buoyant Rennes.

Prediction: Rennes 2 - 0 Nice


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  11 - 11
Shots on target: 3 - 7
Corner Kicks: 8 - 6
Possession: 46% - 54%

Eduardo Camavinga and Hamari Traore were booked for the home side at Roazhon Park, with referee Johann Hamel also taking the names of Patrick Burner, Bassem Srarfi and Pierre Lees Melou of Nice.

A game of two halves this one. Rennes pretty dominant in the opening 45 minutes, certainly in terms of pressure exerted on the opponent's goal, and decent value for their lead at the interval. Nice looked to make a few adjustments at half time though and came back very strongly leading to a dramatic climax to the game.

The opener arrived in the 25th minute, and whilst all goals count the same, this one won't be seen in any goal of the season competitions. A corner played in from the left and being met beyond the far post by Jeremy Morel. From there it looked to take a touch off three Nice players before being cleared from under the crossbar. The ball was deemed to have crossed the line though with Gautier Lloris having gotten the final touch for the own goal. 1-0 at the break.

In the 63rd minute the visitors were handed a way back into the game. Hamari Traore tripping Youcef Atal in the left of the area and the referee pointing to the spot. No mistake from Wylan Cyprien to find the bottom left.

Then just when it looked as though the points would be shared, the visitors won it in the first minute of added on time. A corner swung in from the left and being flicked on at the near post. The ball making it all the way through to Racine Coly at the far post to finish with his thigh from a couple of yards. No time to come back for the hosts. 1-2 final score.

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