Lille resumed 2014 in the worst manner possible. They lost both games played so far in Ligue1 (against Reims and St Etienne). Lille were somewhat unlucky in both encounters, but just like the saying goes: sometimes you have to make your own luck…
[restrict paid=true level=1] There is no doubt where Lille’s weakness lies, in the offensive department.
Kalou may be talented and experienced but he is just too slow and sometimes it even seems he moves in slow motion. Forward Roux is at the other extreme, he’s got speed but lacks any other attributes… One may say that Kalou and Roux complete each-other and make an efficient couple, but things are exactly the opposite, they repel each-other in the field just like magnets…
Play-maker Martin was injured for many rounds in the 1st part of the season, and Rodelin took his place. Ball control, pace, stamina, vision are just a few of Rodelin’s qualities, but for coach Girard it doesn’t matter as Martin is always the favorite no matter his poor performances. Martin is doubtful for this encounter, but Lille’s fans shouldn’t get their hopes up, as Rodelin lacks form after being mostly a bench warmer in 2014.
In these circumstances the task of creating chances is upon the shoulders of central midfielders Gueye and Balmont (Mavuba is a bit more defensive). But sadly for Lille Balmont is suspended for this game, furthermore reducing the offensive potential.
Central defender Basa will return after missing through injury last round. The timing is great seeing that Kjaer got injured in the Cup game and will most likely miss.
Rennes struggle to score. Not only because stats say so (2 consecutive 0-0 in 2014), but also because of what’s going on in the field. Rennes simply can’t penetrate the penalty box anymore.
Most of their attempts are form long range, but there’s a problem with precision and they go wide.
Coach Montanier blamed winger Alessandrini for Rennes being too soft offensively and left him on the bench last round. But pretty soon he realized all Rennes’ players are better at tackling and intercepting than passing or shooting… So defensively Rennes are quite solid even when they miss an important player (central defender Armand was suspended last round and will return now)
Attacking midfielder Kadir is doubtful for Rennes.
I don’t recommend anyone to watch this game as it may be one of the most boring and predictable football games ever. Lille will hold most of the possession but will struggle to create real chances. Meanwhile Rennes will concentrate on destroying Lille’s actions from the incipient stage.
Under 2.5 goals should be as sure as death. At 1.80 the price is excellent.[/restrict]