Rennes blew a good opportunity last round when they failed to win over Reims who played in 10 for about half an hour (finished 2-2).
18 years old winger Boga started as a striker and scored his first Ligue1 goal. Boga will surely start again this round seeing that striker Sio is suspended. Although Boga seems to be in good form and confidence, Rennes could suffer offensively, especially with key winger Ntep also absent.
Defensively Rennes appeared to be more fragile than usual, with defenders shy in interventions and keeper Costil very nervous and late in figuring out where the ball’s trajectory.
Last round we saw another weird performance from Marseille, but by now nobody should be surprised anymore (3-3 against Monaco). Marseille is by far the most unpredictable side in Ligue1 with players easily going from one extreme to the other. This is valid both for attacking players and defenders as well.
Even keeper Mandanda made some excellent saves last round, but after only a couple of minutes let the ball pass right through his hands.
The good news is that winger Alessandrini scored his first goal since returning from injury, and that attacking players Batshuayi and N’Koudou once again found the net and continue to be in good form.
Maybe with Ntep and Sio available betting on goals would have been a good option. Rennes may struggle without them, and since they are up against an unpredictable side it’s better to just skip the game.
UPDATE: No surprises in Marseille’s squad
Rennes: squad not communicated yet
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – B.Dja Djédjé, Manquillo, Ben.Mendy, Nkoulou, Rekik, Rolando, Sparagna – Barrada, Cabella, L.Diarra, Isla, Romao, L.Silva – Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Nkoudou, Ocampos