Last round Rennes recorded the 4th consecutive 1-1 draw (played away at Monaco). Rennes could have scored more as they managed to reach opponents’ penalty box with ease but unfortunately luck wasn’t on their side (Rennes even missed a penalty).
Since keeper Costil got injured it seems there is nobody with authority to organize defenders. About two weeks ago important defender Mexer also suffered an injury so Rennes will struggle a bit defensively until things will get back to normal.
Upfront Rennes are doing wonderful with 1.4 goals scored per round. They are mostly focused in creating actions down the flanks where they outplay opponents thanks to superior speed and ball control.
Rennes will welcome back forward Sio and and midfielder Sylla after they were suspended last round.
Nice played one game less than PSG but they still scored more goals than the Parisians. It is no surprise anymore to see Nice being engaged in high scoring games.
They rely exclusively on the offensive phase and this strategy pays off, thanks to the skills of forwards Ben Arfa and Germain and the enthusiasm of all midfielders.
Defensively Nice are nothing special, but at times it seems they don’t even try to make additional efforts in the defensive phase. As long as they are able to outscore opponents there’s no reason to worry.
Nice will be forced to start this game with third keeper Cardinale, seeing that 1st choice Pouplin is still injured and 2nd keeper Hassen suffered a knock while playing for France U21.
Everybody realized that Nice’s games can easily go over, everybody but the bookies… The price on goals is incredibly valuable and shouldn’t be missed. Over 2.25 goals at 1.93
UPDATE: No surprises in Nice’s squad
Rennes: not communicated
Nice: Cardinale, Gambetta – Baysse, Boscagli, Bodmer, Le Marchand, Pied, Ricardo – N.Mendy, Koziello, Seri, Wallyson, Mah.Traoré, Dada – Germain, Ben Arfa, Benrahma, A.Mendy, P.Puel