Impressive start of the season for newly promoted Caen. They have 2 away from home victories and 1 loss on home ground due to a biased referee.
Last week Caen successfully concentrated forces in midfield and prevented Reims from creating constant pressure. In the end Caen won 2-0 with both goals scored on counters in the final 10 minutes. The goal difference could have been higher but unfortunately for them striker Duhamel is injured and replacement Koita played around with opportunities.
Hopefully Koita learned a lesson or two and will be more efficient this round.
At Caen most balls go through midfielder Feret who is in great form and undoubtedly will be extra motivated against his former teammates (transferred from Rennes). In-fact all of Caen’s midfielders are in good form, even defensive midfielder Kante who often arrives unmarked at the edge of the penalty box and tries his chance with powerful and well placed shots (he even scored last round).
Boring game between St Etienne and Rennes last round and I recommend everyone with sleeping problems to watch a replay of this game before going to bed, guaranteed to have a stronger effect than any pill on the market.
Rennes concentrated mostly on defending and their entire attacking phase consisted in long balls from the flanks. There may be a false perception out-there that Rennes’ offensive power is something out of common, especially after they trashed Evian 2 rounds ago 6-2. But everyone must realize that most of Rennes’ goals were simply provoked by huge defensive mistakes coming from Evian’s defenders. So even when Rennes’ put emphasis on the offensive phase they still have problems in opening up opponents.
Rennes’ fullback M’Bengue gave away a penalty and was very distracted the entire game proving to be a liability. Caen’s coach Garande will make sure winger Nangis (great ball control and speed) will be M’Bengue’s direct opponent in order to exploit Rennes’ weakness. Caen DNB at 1.95
UPDATE: Rennes’ winger Grosicki is back in the squad after injury.
Caen: Perquis, Vercoutre – Appiah, Pierre, Calvé, D.Da Silva – Seube, Saez, Raineau, Adéoti, N.Kanté, Féret, Lemar – Raspentino, Koita, Bazile, Nangis, Musavu-King
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – S.Moreira, Armand, Danzé, Diagne, M’Bengue, Mexer – Pajot, Prcic, Doucouré, G.Fernandes, Konradsen – P.Henrique, Toivonen, Ntep, Hosiner, Grosicki