Another convincing performance by Montpellier last week away at relegation candidates Reims. Montpellier were always in control, even when opponents tried to corner them (Montpellier won 3-2).
Central defender Remy had a couple of hesitant interventions, but things will get back to normal this round, since captain Hilton will return to the lineup after suspension.
Although they don’t have anything to fight for, hosts are sitting on 3 consecutive victories, and there are no signs they will reduce rythm.
The midfield looks really powerful and is very active both in the defensive and attacking phase. Young defensive midfielder Skhiri is all over the place, he is extremely fast and has an impressive ability to anticipate opponents’ next move.
Rennes was one of the most disappointing Ligue1 sides in March. They suddenly dropped form and scored only once in 4 rounds.
The sole explanation for Rennes’ poor performances is the isolation on the right flank of young forward Dembele. Regular forward Sio was injured for a couple of rounds, and Dembele was in the center of attention. Dembele was involved in most of Rennes’ actions and he loved it. But after Sio returned from injury, Dembele was moved on the right side, and now it’s like Rennes are playing in 10, as he barely touches the ball anymore.
Most probably Rennes will switch back to the usual 4-5-1 formula this round, after starting with 5 defenders last week away at PSG.
This is the last home game for Montpellier, and they surely want to end the season in style. Bookies failed to adjust prices, as form and confidence are definitely on Montpellier’s side. MONTPELLIER -0.25 at 2.04
UPDATE: Rennes will once again miss creative midfielder Gourcuff
Montpellier: Jourdren, Pionnier – Deplagne, Congré, Roussillon, Sotoca, Hilton, J.Marveaux – Skhiri, B.Dabo, J.Martin, Sanson, Wüthrich, Boudebouz – Ninga, Bérigaud, So.Camara, M.Yatabaré
Rennes: Costil, Gertmonas – S.Armand, Diagne, P.Mendes, Mexer, Zeffane, Baal, Danzé – Y.Sylla, G.Fernandes, Salles-Lamonge, Gnagnon – Sio, Boga, P.Henrique, O.Dembélé, Grosicki, Erasmus