Rennes vs Angers by Lucien
Rennes couldn't do much more in their defeat before the international break, as the team visited surely the strongest team in the country and suffered 4:0 defeat in the end. Overall, it was close a one way street during the whole game, since the Parisians kept most of the ball possession in their favor and had the double lead inside the first halftime with an own goal and a goal from Cavani.
They didn't create many dangerous situations, but were really concrete when being in these, scoring two more goals in the second halftime via Rabiot and Verratti - maybe a bit harsh defeat for the visiting team, but surely a deserved three pointer. However, players of Rennes won't be too downhearted with this defeat since they are used on way better results in front of own fans. They are now at fifth position with a point a less than fourth placed Guingamp and need to win this one in order to keep on fighting for European exit.
Goalkeeper Paul Nardi (no performance so far) is injured, as well as defender Edson Mexer (8/0) and midfielders Clement Chantome (1/0) and Sanjin Prcic (5/1). Sidelined are also Wesley Said (6/2) and Paul-Georges Ntep (9/0).
Angers, on the other side, managed to take important and narrow 1:0 victory at home against Lille before the international break. It must be said that the visiting team had much more of the ball possession, but did close to nothing in offense as the whole game looked like very defensive one. Even though they didn't have much of the ball possession, players of Angers still managed to get the victory thanks to a goal from Diedhiou in 54th minute.
Till the end of the game, Lille tried to do something and reply, however without a proper chance created. After this victory, Angers remained in the middle of the table, being currently at tenth position with seventeen points earned, which is seven more than red zone placed Lille - which is surely a satisfying situation for them at this moment. Away from home they have two victories and four defeats and surely that a point here would be a successful result for them.
Visitors will be without forward Billy Ketkeophomphone (5/1) who is injured. Alexandre Letellier is also sidelined as a long term absentee, while the visitors could also miss midfielder Karl Toko Ekambi (12/2) and central defender Pablo Martinez (3/0).
- Rennes have won 5 of their last 6 home matches (Ligue 1).
- Rennes have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Angers.
Rennes looks like a real force in front of own crowd and I believe that they have what it takes in order to get a victory here. Easy or hard, home team should be celebrating here and the chances are above 50% in my eyes, despite some players missing. Low number of goals is what I expect tough.