Rennes have real chances for a place in Champions League next season, especially if they continue in the same rythm.
Last round they simply destroyed Marseille after a convincing and confident performance (won 5-2). The best news is that midfielder Gourcuff scored twice, his first goals for Rennes, and also delivered many key passes. It’s been a couple of years already since Gourcuff was this active and performed at such a level.
Young forward Demble is in excellent form and is attracting worldwide attention. According to media reports important clubs from Europe already sent their scouts at Rennes.
There is nothing to worry if Rennes suffer in the defensive phase, not as long a they are capable of outscoring opponents.
Hosts will miss central defender Mendes who is suspended.
Reims dominated last round against Guingamp and were very unlucky to lose 1-0. They created a couple of real scoring opportunities but Guingamp’s keeper Lossl had some amazing interventions.
Reims use 3 forwards in most games, and focus primarily on building actions down the flanks. They mix long balls with short passes and opponents can easily be caught off guard. Scoring goals was never the problem for Reims, instead keeping a clean sheet always proved to be a really difficult task.
Guests will have to do without defender Conte who is suspended.
This should be an open encounter since both sides focus mostly on the offensive phase. Of course Rennes have the upper hand, but Reims can reach opponents’ half from only a few passes and can be very dangerous on counters. OVER 2.5 GOALS at 2.15
UPDATE: Besides defender Mendes hosts will also miss Ntep, Mexer and Henrique
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – S.Armand, Baal, Danzé, Diagne, Gnagnon, M’Bengue, Zeffane – B.André, Y.Sylla, G.Fernandes, Y.Gourcuff, Salles-Lamonge – Boga, O.Dembélé, Grosicki, Erasmus, Sio
Reims : J.Carrasso, Agassa – El Kaoutari, Mandi, Tacalfred, H.Traoré, Weber – Charbonnier, Devaux, Kankava, Mfulu, Ndom, Diego – L.Bangoura, Bifouma, De Préville, Kyei, Ngog