Rennes were pretty close to the relegation zone but thanks an amazing performance last round away at PSG their worries disappeared (Rennes won 2-1).
PSG brutally dominated the game holding more than 70% possession but once again they had problems in creating real scoring opportunities, especially with Rennes concentrating forces in defense and agglomerating that area.
Rennes were very solid defensively and efficient attacking wise. They had only 2 shots on target and both of them ended up being goals.
Striker Toivonen started only on the bench last round but it may have been because Oliveira (the one who was preferred) has more speed and stamina and coach Montanier considered he’d be more useful against PSG. This round Toivonen should return to the lineup.
Sochaux fully deserved to win last round against Nice (won 2-0). In the entire game Nice barely had a dangerous shot on target and keep in mind Sochaux were without regular defensive midfielder Sinkala who was suspended (he will return now).
Winger Corchia is on fire and once again delivered an assist for lone striker Jordan Ayew.
Sochaux have valid hopes of avoiding relegation. In comparison to direct competitor Evian their playing style is more oxygenated and they have more resources.
Sochaux are concentrated at maximum nowadays and if Rennes will loosen up a bit after defeating PSG guests won’t leave empty handed. But with this being Rennes’ final home game they may wish the finish the season in style and actually build on the away win in Paris.
UPDATE: Rennes’ central defender Kana-Biyik was once again left outside the squad.
Rennes: Costil, Ch.N’Diaye – Moreira, Boye, Armand, Danzé, Hountondji – Bakayoko, Féret, Konradsen, Doucouré, Alessandrini, Kadir – Grosicki, Toivonen, N.Oliveira, Ntep
Sochaux: Pelé, Pouplin – Faussurier, Zouma, Kanté, Marange, Corchia, Sunzu, Carlão, Poujol – Prcic, Ilaimaharitra, Boukari, Roudet, Contout, Guerbert, Doubaï, Sinkala – Mayuka, Ayew, Bakambu