Rennes’ European ambitions are fading as round goes by. Last month Rennes was the most productive team in Ligue1, scoring goals from all possible positions, but unfortunately they suddenly dropped form and are now struggling to push the game forward.
Creative midfielder Gourcuff suffered an injury last week (it was about time, seeing that Gourcuff was injured for most of his career…), and most probably Boga will take his place in the lineup this round.
Rennes still have a very powerful offensive line, with Dembele a real threat for opponents, but too young and inconsistent in performances.
Defender Mendes returned from injury last round, but was only on the bench and Diagne was once again in the lineup. Hopefully this round Mendes will be a starter and the defensive strength will increase.
Monaco made a decent game last week against Marseille and deserved to take all points (won 2-1). Central midfielder Bernardo Silva was the man of the match, after delivering many key passes and scoring a goal.
Midfielder Moutinho returned from injury and most probably will have a place in the lineup this round, increasing the overall strength.
The defensive phase was pretty solid, with precise interventions and confident clearances. Monaco have very experienced defenders, and that will be a major advantage against Rennes’ young forwards.
Guests will once again miss fullback Echiejile who is suspended.
Monaco’s advantage is not reflected properly in the odds. If the beginning of the game will confirm Monaco’s superiority, a live bet could prove to be valuable.
UPDATE: No surprises in the sqauds
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Armand, Baal, Danzé, Diagne, M’Bengue, Mexer, Moreira – André, Fernandes, Gnagnon, Sylla – Boga, Dembélé, Grosicki, Henrique, Sio
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Sy – Carvalho, Fabinho, Jemerson, Raggi, Wallace – Bahlouli, Bakayoko, Costa, Dirar, Lemar, Moutinho, Silva, Toulalan – Carrillo, Cavaleiro, Vagner Love, Traoré