Don’t know what coach Montanier was thinking but starting with mediocre Lenjani on the flank instead of talented Ntep considerably reduced Rennes’ offensive strength last round (Rennes lost 2-1 at Toulouse).
This is a nightmarish period for Rennes as they haven’t won a Ligue1 game since the beginning of December. Even if at times they are producing convincing performances Rennes can’t be consistent in efforts and reduce the rythm too quickly.
Coach Montanier is getting desperate (maybe he feels his position is threatened) and even played with 2 strikers for about 20 minutes last round. This is a rarity and it only shows the lack of alternatives available.
Bordeaux started in a surprising formula last round against St Etienne (won 1-0). All three midfielders were defensive minded (Sane, Poko and Plasil) and opponents didn’t had any spaces available for making maneuvers.
Attacking minded players like Maurice-Belay, Traore and Saivet were only the bench. Still, Bordeaux didn’t need them for finding the net and even if scoring opportunities weren’t abundant they were once again efficient and converted the best of chances.
Bordeaux will welcome back midfielder Chantome after suspension but will miss fullback Contento (suspended).
Rennes’ morale is at an all time low and this severely affects the performances in the field. Coach Montanier is unable to find the best formula and so players can’t achieve full potential. Bordeaux are in a good mood and they are simply bursting with confidence and talent, bot in the field and on the bench. Bordeaux DNB at 2.29
UPDATE: Hosts will have to do without midfielder Andre.
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – S.Armand, S.Moreira, Diagne, Danzé, Lenjani, M’Bengue – Pajot, G.Fernandes, Ab.Doucouré, Prcic, Konradsen, Brüls – Habibou, Henrique, Toivonen, Ntep, Grosicki
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Mariano, Pallois, Poundjé, L.Sané, Yambéré – Chantôme, Khazri, Maurice-Belay, Plasil, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Rolan, Saivet, Thelin, T.Touré