Rennes’ recent form drop was clearly visible last round when they were easily outplayed away at Lille (lost 3-0).
Rennes have one of the weirdest game plans in Ligue1 with sudden withdrawals in defense exactly in moments in which opponents seem most vulnerable. In 29 rounds Rennes have recorded only 4 easy wins (at least 2 goals margin) because of the mentioned strategy and ended up losing far more points than they won.
Whenever they dominate in midfield is not convincing as players always have an impulse of making a step backwards.
The central defense with Mexer and Armand is also very hesitant as of late and sometimes keeper Costil is the only one helping Rennes not to get trashed.
Nantes won last round but not because they made a great game but instead opponents had a lamentable performance (won 2-1 over Evian). Still, there was a slight improvement of the offensive phase with wingers Gakpe and N’Koudou being very active (both of them scored).
In defense Nantes struggled a bit but there should be an improvement this round as they welcome back defenders Djilobodji and Alhadhur and defensive midfielder Deaux after suspension. Play-maker Veretout also fulfilled his suspension and will return to the lineup.
On the other hand guests will miss suspended fullback Cissokho.
In terms of confidence and form these teams are heading in separate directions. While Rennes are in a clear downtrend Nantes slowly picked up rythm and increased the morale levels. Nantes +0.25 at 2.03
UPDATE: No surprises in Nantes’ squad
Nantes: Ré.Riou, Dupé – Alhadhur, Djidji, Djilobodji, Hansen, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, N’Koudou, Veretout – Niane, Bammou, Gakpé, Is.Bangoura, Iloki
Rennes: not communicated