In spite qualifying further in the French Cup, Rennes were very disappointing on home ground against Valenciennes (1-1 after 90 min and Rennes qualified after penalties).
They were not able to apply constant pressure, to maintain a high rythm and were happy to give up initiative.
[restrict paid=true level=1] To sum it up in a few words: actions alternated from one goal to another during the entire 90 minutes. There was no long period in which one of the teams applied more pressure and dominated the game.
With constant chances on both ends (even if not very dangerous) only bad luck and Valenciennes’ softness upfront made it possible for only 2 goals to be scored…
Rennes’ coach Montanier decided to rest a couple of players for the Cup game: Boye, Hountondji, Apam, Pajot, Konradsen and Romero. Now all of them will be called for the game against Nice, but only Pajot or Konradsen could go directly into the lineup.
Nice will once again be without the central defensive duo Bodmer and Pejcinovic. Winger Pied also suffered an injury and will miss. Good news is that striker Cvitanich will return after a prolonged vacation in Argentina.
Just like Rennes, Nice were also a bit lucky in their Cup game away at Nantes. Nantes’ lack of offensive power made it possible for Nice to sit back relaxed and punish on counters.
It will be an entirely different story against Rennes, especially since both central defenders are still out, and as a right back Nice will have to use either Palun or Puel. Palun is prone to making mistakes while Puel’s only credit is being coach’s son…
The direct opponent for Palun / Puel will be winger Alessandrini, Rennes’ most dangerous player. Because of that unbalanced duel Rennes will surely be able to score, at least once. But seeing how Rennes is an inconsistent side and quite happy to let opponents have their way, Nice can also find the net, especially since they are very pragmatic and usually take all their chances.
The high odds for over 2.5 goals can’t be justified (2.15). We can even get a line for over 2 goals (money back if just 2 goals are scored) for 1.65. Medium confidence.[/restrict]