Rennes won a point last round but their performance away at Montpellier was a real letdown.
Rennes haven’t been defeated for 6 rounds already and they are getting points no matter how they perform. During 90 minutes Rennes go from one extreme to the other, from playing like Barcelona with fast and short passes to being cornered by relegation candidates.
You never know what to expect of Rennes nowadays and maybe the lack of motivation is preventing them to be constant in efforts.
The only one constantly performing at full potential is keeper Costil whose reflexes helped Rennes keep many clean sheets. Without any exaggeration Costil should be named the best Ligue1 keeper this season.
Bastia stepped on the gas exactly at the right moment and now they are 6 points clear the relegation zone.
Unexpectedly they controlled the game last round against St Etienne (won 1-0) and are now sitting on 2 straight victories. Bastia can once again relax but seeing that form is good and confidence is at high levels most likely they will continue to play in the same rythm and try to build on the good moment.
There are no new injuries so most probably Bastia will use the same lineup as last round.
Both sides are highly organized and don’t exactly have any reasons to take risks. This game will most likely be played mainly in midfield with both teams waiting patiently for opponents to make a mistake. Hosts do have the upper hand but their inability to be be constant in efforts is a major setback.
UPDATE: Guests welcome back midfielder Cahuzac but will miss Boudebouz and Diakhite.
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Mexer, S.Armand, S.Moreira, M’Bengue, Diagne, Danzé – B.André, Pajot, G.Fernandes, Ab.Doucouré, Prcic, Konradsen, Brüls, Allée – Habibou, Hosiner, Pedro Henrique, Toivonen, Ntep, Grosicki
Bastia: Areola, Vincensini – Cioni, Modesto, Djiku, Palmieri, Marange, Peybernes – Cahuzac, Gillet, Romaric, Danic, F.Ayité – Maboulou, Kamano, Sio, Ongenda, Brandao