Nantes didn’t had any-kind of problems against Laval in the midweek Cup game (won 4-0). They moderately dominated from beginning till end and made the best of all their chances.
Nantes are doing great as of late, mainly thanks to the solid defense. They conceded only 7 goals so far and alongside PSG have the best defense in Ligue1. But things will be a bit different this round seeing that central defender Djilobodji will be suspended. Possible replacement Djidji is also out injured so the defensive power will be heavily diminished.
Striker Shechter scored twice against Laval and maybe finally picked up some much needed form and will stop wasting even the best of chances.
Rennes made a smart game in the Cup against Marseille. They had the power to make a comeback in second half after being 1-0 down at half time (Rennes won 2-1).
Austrian striker Hosiner finally scored his first goal for Rennes. Hosiner was in the same situation as Shechter from Nantes. He used to waste important opportunities and deliver precipitated passes. Hopefully for Rennes his confidence increased now and his performances will improve.
The bad news for Rennes is that important winger Ntep got a red card and will miss this game. Although only 22 Ntep quickly became an important player and nowadays he is indispensable for the offensive phase. Grosicki or Henrique can be a decent replacements but they don’t have Ntep’s skills (speed, ball control and vision).
Both sides sides are in good form as of late and will focus mostly on not making any mistakes that could end the good run. Also both teams will miss an important player and this will reduce their overall strength and make them be more careful than usual.
UPDATE: Djlobodji’s suspension was lifted by the discipline commission so he is available for action.
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djilobodji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, R.Gomis, Hansen, Rongier, B.Touré, Veretout – Bammou, I.Bangoura, Gakpé, Shechter
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Armand, Danzé, Zajkov, Diagne, Mexer, , M’Bengue, B.André, S.Moreira – Konradsen, G.Fernandes, A.Doucouré, Pajot, Hunou – Hosiner, Grosicki, Habibou, Pedro Henrique