Just before the international break Rennes got back on the right track thanks to a 2-0 victory away at Angers. They have struggled a bit recently since winger Ntep got injured but according to latest reports things should go back to normal this round as Ntep resumed normal training.
Rennes are pretty solid in all areas of the field and as long as confidence is at good levels they are capable of creating problems for absolutely all teams in this tournament.
Offensive actions are carried out in speed and even if the accuracy of passes is sometimes disappointing, Rennes can compensate through dribbling skills.
Weird game between Bordeaux and Monaco last round and after striking 3 times in 10 minutes Bordeaux focused exclusively on defending the lead (they won 3-1).
Regardless that last result Bordeaux are clearly undeperforming, especially in away games when they never adjust tactics and fail to adapt to opponents’ playing styles.
Many players are out-of-form including most defenders and striker Diabate who should be one of the most important player in the team.
Bordeaux is one of those sides in which midfielders take part in the attacking phase trying to compensate for forwards’ lack of efficiency. This is one of the reasons they conceded 2.33 goals per away game so far.
Bordeaux will miss midfielder Poko who is suspended.
Neither side should rush upfront but when eventually Bordeaux will make their usual game (like they always do…) Rennes will have plenty of space to make the best of their skills. Rennes -0.25 at 2.05
UPDATE: Rennes’ squad hasn’t been communicated by according to latest news wingers Ntep and defender Mexer are back and should go straight into the lineup. The poor form of Bordeaux’s forwards has just been confirmed by coach Sagnol who left Rolan and Diabate out of the squad
Rennes: not communicated yet
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Gajic, Guilbert, Pablo, Pallois, L.Sané – Chantôme, Khazri, Maurice-Belay, Ounas, Plasil, Saivet, Yambere – Crivelli, Jussiê, T.Touré