St Etienne were a bit fortunate to escape with a clean sheet from their trip to Dijon last week. They won 1-0, but opponents were extremely aggressive and often cornered St Etienne.
New attacking midfielder Cabella is a great asset, and has already adapted at St Etienne. He is a very versatile player, active both in the center and on the wing. The problem seems to be with forward Diony, who is also newly transferred, but he is isolated in all games. So far, Diony’s huge transfer fee of around 10 million euro can’t be justified.
Last round it was the first game this season in which Rennes failed to score. They still held possession and tried to push the game forward, but opponents were very organized and kept a clean sheet (Nice won 1-0).
Rennes have decent potential in the attacking phase, and once creative midfielder Gourcuff will recover from injury they should start scoring even more goals (1.5 goals per game so far). With attacking midfielders Khazri and Gourcuff in the lineup, Rennes will be bursting with creativity.
Hosts will be without important winger Hamouma, while Rennes are still missing midfielder Gourcuff.
There is one major difference between these sides. While St Etienne struggle to find the net, Rennes are scoring goals with ease. Judging only form this point of view, the odds on home win are too low.
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin, Guendouz – Theophile-Catherine, Katranis, Lacroix, Gabriel Silva, Mbengue, Janko, Perrin, Pierre-Gabriel – Dabo, Diousse, Selnaes, Hernani, Cabella- Diony, Bamba, Soderlund, Monnet-Paque
Rennes: Koubek, Gertmonas – Nyamsi, Danzé, Bensebaini, Gnagnon, Afonson, Baal, Traoré – André, Janvier, Maouassa, Prcic, Khazri, Amalfitano, Bourigeaud – Sarr, Mubele