Somehow Nice conceded only once last round against PSG (lost 1-0). PSG’s domination was clear but they scored very early, took it lightly afterwards and started to play around with opportunities.
Nice managed to create a few changes but it was nothing convincing and once again we could see how deficient they are when it comes to building up play. They rely heavily on long balls coming from the flanks, long distance shots and lucky rebounds.
Important striker Cvitanich can’t pick up rythm after returning from injury and played for only 10 minutes last round.
Against PSG it was normal for Nice to focus entirely on defending and concentrate all forces in defense. But now things should return to normal and Nice should also bring players in the offensive phase.
When it comes to form and confidence Rennes are at the opposite end. Last round Rennes recorded a 3rd consecutive victory and now they sit proudly in the 6th place.
Rennes is a very versatile team and can easily adapt to opponent’s playing style. They can be successful both if they need to take control of the game or sit back and reject incoming actions. Leaving aside players’ skills, Rennes’ power to adapt is the biggest strength at the moment as it allows them to preserve energy and be fresh for the entire 90 minutes.
Good news for Rennes as striker Toivonen finally picked up some form after scoring last round. Winger Ntep once again made a great game and delivered an assist, and the question on everyone’s lips is when will Ntep transfer to Premier League?
Form, morale, organization, capabilities, everything simply screams away win. Rennes DNB at 2.05
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – Amavi, So.Diawara, Genevois, K.Gomis, Palun, G.Puel – Albert, C.Eduardo, Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, N.Mendy, Vercauteren – Bauthéac, Bosetti, Cvitanich, Pléa, P.Puel
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Danzé, Diagne, Armand, Mexer, M’Bengue, S.Moreira, B.André – Doucouré, Pajot, Brüls, Konradsen – Hosiner, Habibou, Ntep, P.Henrique, Toivonen