Although PSG were concentrated on the upcoming Champions League encounter, Nice didn’t stood a chance last round away in Paris (PSG won 4-1).
Defensive midfielder Mendy was simply overwhelmed by all the incoming actions, as he didn’t receive too much support from fellow midfielders. Nice had problems in anticipating simple through balls, and defensive players always seem to be one step behind opponents.
Upfront they created a few chances, and even found the net, but in the end all their attacking aggressiveness is useless if they concede goals with such ease.
Hosts will welcome back midfielder Pied after suspension.
Another solid performance from Rennes last round against Reims (won 3-1). In terms of possession the game was balanced, but Rennes were extremely efficient when applying the finishing touch. At the moment they have maybe the most in-form attacking department in Ligue1.
Young forward Dembele scored again and will surely be called to the national team (the senior squad, not U21) if he continues in this rythm.
The defense looked surprisingly good, especially since defender Mendes was suspended and Diagne took his place in the lineup. Now Mendes will return form suspension and the overall strength should increase.
This is an important game for both sides and they may change approach and be a bit more cautious. Rennes are in excellent form at the moment, and they have very efficient attacking players who can score when nobody expects it. RENNES +0.25 at 1.92
UPDATE: Nice will again miss injured central defender Bodmer, while Rennes will have to do without winger Ntep
Nice : Hassen, Cardinale – G.Lloris, Baysse, Pied, Le Marchand, Ricardo, Genevois – Seri, Hult, Wallyson, Dada, N.Mendy, Koziello – Ben Arfa, Plea, A.Mendy, Germain, Caddy
Rennes : Costil, Sorin – S.Armand, M’Bengue, Diagne, Zeffane, Baal, Danzé, Gnagnon – B.André, Y.Sylla, G.Fernandes, Gourcuff – Grosicki, Sio, Boga, P.Henrique, O.Dembélé