Coach Montanier made a few changes last round against Gazelec Ajaccio and as a result Rennes blew a good chance to get three points. Fullbacks Zeffane and Moreira were left on the bench, same as striker Sio and defender Armand.
Rennes struggled an entire half to get level with Ajaccio and only in the final moments they found the equalizer.
Besides midfielder Fernandes who was forced out due to an injury Rennes should start in the best possible formula this round. At the moment there are no updates regarding winger’s Ntep condition and most probably he is still injured. Without winger Ntep the attacking strength is diminished but Rennes are still capable of building fast paced actions and take opponents by surprise.
Troyes tried really hard last round against St Etienne but in the end all their efforts were in vain and hard work couldn’t compensate for lacking skills (St Etienne won 1-0).
Troyes’ game plan was also kind of chaotic and besides throwing the ball upfront they didn’t really had other strategy. In the beginning of the season it seemed that Troyes were capable of avoiding relegation with ease but while other steadily progressed Troyes haven’t improved a bit.
Troyes won only 3 points so far in Ligue1 and their situation will pretty soon get desperate. This won’t be a one way traffic game as Rennes will be happy to let Troyes adventure upfront in search for their first Ligue1 victory. It will be easier for Rennes to exploit the open spaces and get the 3 points. RENNES -0.5 at 2.02
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Rennes: Diallo, Sorin – Armand, Mexer, Mendes, Moreira, Zeffane, M’Bengue, Baal – André, Sylla, Boga, Grosicki, Ntep, Quintero, Doucouré – Pedro Henrique, Sio, Habibou.
Troyes: Dreyer, Petric – Karaboué, Mavinga, Ngcongca, Othon, Saunier, Veskovac – Ayasse, Azamoum, Darbion, Camus, Court, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – Jean, B.Perea, B.Gueye