With most important offensive players injured Rennes could amount to nothing last round away at Monaco (lost 2-0).
It’s not necessarily the powerful opponent that prevented Rennes from getting something, but they simply can’t find any solutions without the mentioned players.
Central midfielder Feret simply doesn’t care anymore. He refused to renew his contract and will change clubs in summer. Most likely a deal is already on his table so for Feret every game is just mild entertainment.
Winger Pitroipa takes the ball and starts running forgetting what the destination is (one step forward and two steps back).
The few balls received by forward Oliveira are wasted on long distance shots that lack both power and precision.
Under normal circumstances Rennes’ defense is pretty decent, but not now when teammates can’t keep possession.
Seeing that strikers Brandao and Erdinc have aiming problems, St Etienne’s central defender took action and scored 3 goals last round (1 by Sall and 2 by captain Perrin), all of them following set pieces.
Scoring only from set pieces is not exactly proof of offensive power, but opponents were under constant domination and whenever a corner or a free-kick occurred it was a moment for taking a breath, for relaxation. So it’s not like the goals were scored out of the blue, they came as a result of St Etienne’s playing style.
Both teams will be ale to use the same lineups as last round.
Defensively St Etienne are very solid and I just can’t see how Rennes without their main offensive weapons could open them up. St Etienne will be the ones imposing the rhythm and most probably collecting all the points in the end.
The price of 1.85 for St Etienne DNB looks real good, I suggest taking it before it drops.