Rennes were clearly outplayed last round away at Dijon, and even if stats like possession or shots on target were in their favor, Dijon fully deserved to take all points (Dijon won 3-0).
Key midfielder Gourcuff was left outside the squad (time to rest) and the creativity level diminished considerably. Gourcuff will miss once again this round, but this time because of injury. Winger Ntep returned from injury a few rounds ago, but he is unrecognizable at the moment and has yet to pick up form.
Besides the reliance on Gourcuff, Rennes’ biggest problem is the lack of consistency. They can’t keep up the same rythm for 90 minutes, and prefer to withdraw and defense and concentrate on rejecting all incoming actions. Unfortunately their plan almost never works.
The game between Bastia and Guigamp last round was very balanced, that is until Guingamp got a red card late in the first half. They had to sacrifice all offensive hopes and focus entirely on defense. They made decent efforts, but in the end dealing with an opponent in numerical superiority proved to be too much (Bastia won 1-0).
Attacking-wise Guingamp are absent in the center of the field. The build only down the flanks, but wingers Sabaly, Coco or Giresse are mediocre in value and can’t carry all the burden.
Otherwise Guingamp seem pretty organized and determined to make extra efforts in order to avoid relegation woes at the end of the season.
Guests will miss fullback Marcal who is suspended.
This will be a very difficult encounter and both sides will have to work really hard for these points. Rennes do seem to have a small advantage, but it’s not exactly like the odds suggest.
UPDATE: Rennes welcome back forward Sio after injury
Rennes : Costil, Nardi – P.Mendes, Zeffane, Bensebaini, Mexer, Baal, Danzé – Gelson Fernandes, Prcic, B.André, Pedro Henrique, Hunou – Saïd, Grosicki, A.Diakhaby, Ntep, Sio
Guingamp : Johnsson, Salin – Ikoko, Angoua, Sorbon, Kerbrat, Sankoh, Deaux, E.Didot, Mo.Diallo – De Pauw, Privat, Giresse, Coco, Blas, Salibur, Briand, Livolant