Monaco vs Rennes by Lucien
Monaco is having close to a perfect start in the new season, as the team currently holds the first position with three victories and a draw for now. That draw came in the first round against Guingamp, while almost all players of Monaco are looking better and better as the season progresses and could be one of the surprises this season in title race.
Later on they went to beat Nantes and PSG and in the most recent domestic game, have completely outplayed Lille away from home 4:1 last weekend. Also, the team not only earned position in Champions League group stage with a win over Villarreal in play-off round, but have also surprised many with away victory over Tottenham on Wednesday evening 2:1 in London. Confidence of the players is boosted a lot now, that's for sure.
Monaco should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Germain as central striker, but also with Traore, Silva and Lemar as offensive midfielders. Offensive midfielder Nabil Dirar was forced off in a game against Tottenham with a calf injury and his participation is unlikely now. Benjamin Mendy is still doubtful, so the position of right back should get Fabinho this time out. Falcao should be given some rest at first, but the players will almost surely step in, especially if needed. Adama Traore is back to full fitness and could also start. Defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (4/0) is doubtful.
Rennes, on the other side, comes from a 2:0 victory over Caen last weekend, well fought and deserved three pointer where their players have showed a lot of determination. The game itself, was quite equal, balanced one, but the players of Rennes looked more determined in attack and what's most important, but more efficient.
They took the lead in 47th minute via Said and while the visitors tried to find a way and respond, hosts sealed the victory in second minute of additional time with a goal from Prcic. It was their second victory in the season, both earned at home where they play way better in comparison to a defeat away to Nice and a point taken on the road against Montepellier.
Visitors from Rennes are set to play in 4-4-2 formation with Sio and Gourcuff as strikers. Midfielder Clement Chantome (1/0) won't be playing anymore this year, now being out with a shoulder injury. Offensive midfielder Kamil Grosicki (2/0) will most likely play with reserve team, so Pedro Henrique has a chance to start on the right wing.
- Monaco are undefeated in 17 of their last 18 home matches (Ligue 1).
Monaco is enjoying great start of the season and are looking as red hot favorites to me in this match after their victory on the road against Tottenham Hotspur in Champions League. Momentum is completely on their side and even though the manager decides to rest couple of players, I still believe the home team has what it takes in order to prevail here.