Bastia is once again with suspended stadium. The game will be played at Geugneon and this can be a clear advantage for the visitors.
Last round the Corsicans managed to take all the points after a smart and pragmatic win away at Reims.
At the back they still suffered, but thanks to keeper Landreau who already an impact on the results, they got away with 3 points. In the upper half the team did good, their game had a nice flow and there was enough vision to to speculate the mistakes of the opponents. But in front of an opponent like Rennes is, with talented offensive midfielders it will be way harder to resist attacks with such an unstable defense like theirs. There are no new absentees in their camp and most probably they will be using the same team as against Reims.
Rennes are slowly and surely becoming the Cup specialists in France. They eliminated Montpellier after an emotionless game. The thing is that they welcomed back in the squad offensive player Pitroipa for that game, but now he’s gone again at the Africa Cup Of Nations.
He is one of the few players in this league that can make a difference on his own. But thanks to that Cup game, guests picked up some confidence and forward Erding found a bit of form after scoring. Also the offensive midfielders, on whom Rennes relies a lot, have a grown morale now. Central defender Apam got injured and will miss this game. Even without him, the defense is strong enough to hold its ground, especially with defensive midfielders like Makoun and M’Vila.
With an increased confidence Rennes can advantage of Bastia’s defensive issues, especially when this game won’t be played on Bastia’s home ground. But it won’t be an easy game, that’s why a draw no bet wager on Rennes is advised.