Rennes vs Guingamp by Lucien
Rennes didn't look that bad as the final result shows, but the team still got defeated last weekend away to Dijon suffering 3:0 defeat. Their hosts entered perfectly into the match and had the double lead already after first twenty minutes, in seventh minute via Diony and in 19th via Marie.
Even though players of Rennes were trying to find a way and respond, they created decent number of chances and had more of the ball possession, the team failed to do something completely concrete. Moreover, they conceded yet another goal, in 78th minute via Diony again. Coming back to home turf, they now expect a reaction here, since the team is known to play much better in front of own fans, not only in this season. Currently they have 3-0-0 home record in comparison to only a point taken on the road out of four matches and anything except a victory here would be a setback for them.
Home side is set to play in 4-4-1-1 formation with Sio as their number nine and Hunou playing as attacking midfielder just behind him. Midfielder Yoann Gourcuff (5/1) is suffering from a hamstring injury and won't be playing here, with the home team also missing central midfielder Clement Chantome (1/0). Forward Mouhamadaou Habib Habibou is long term absentee, without playing so far in the season.
Guingamp was limited to a passive role in the previous game they played away to Bastia last weekend. It was mostly due the fact that they had to play with a man less since 38th minute when left back Marcal got sent off, with the home team remaining since then with a bit more of the ball possession and better chances created.
They took the lead in 76th minute with a goal from Crivelli and even though the same player got red card three minutes later, there was no space neither time for the visiting side to respond. Similar to Rennes, they are also more of a home side, so two consecutive defeats on the road doesn't alarm anyone in the club, since the team remains at decent eight position with 3-2-2 record so far.
Guingamp should be playing in their usual 4-4-2 formation with Privat and Briand as strikers. Left back Reynald Lemaitre (1/0), midfielders Alexandre Mendy (0/0), Etienne Didot (0/0), right full back Jonathan Pereira (0/0) and offensive midfielder Nicolas Benezet (0/0) are all sidelined with injuries and will not be playing here. Important left back Fernando Marcal (6/0) is suspended for this one due his sent-off in a match against Bastia. Left back Dorian Leveque remains short of fitness, while defensive midfielder Moustapha Diallo (6/2) should be included into team after missing the previous game with an injury.
- Rennes have won their last 3 home matches (Ligue 1).
- Rennes have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches (Ligue 1).
Rennes is having a decent start in the new season and are especially playing with self confidence in front of own fans. I expect them to be able to overpower the visitors who are not that decent on the road, easy or hard. Rennes should be able to react and create positive momentum before going to the break.