Rennes v Angers
After a number of mid-table finishes, Rennes concluded 2017/18 having secured Europa League football with a fifth-placed effort. The Brittany boys finished the season with a flourish under Sabri Lamouchi’s watch and were expected to mount another major push towards the top of Ligue 1 this term.
However, Les Rouges et Noir were given a rude awakening last weekend as Lille rolled SRFC over with consummate ease at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Rennes were overrun from the outset with Czech goalkeeper Tomas Koubek called into regular work in the opening half an hour of action.
Lamouchi’s group failed to muster a shot until the 43rd minute, but they made their first one count. Clement Grenier scored a debut goal to put Les Rouges et Noir against the run of play but Lille hit back almost immediately before moving clear to pocket a 3-1 triumph in the second period.
Back Rennes to find their range
Back at their Roazhon Park home on Saturday night, an improved performance from SRFC is anticipated. The hosts recorded a mediocre W8-D4-L7 here across the season as a whole last time out, although six of the bottom eight sides were beaten when visiting Brittany.
With 1.87 available on Rennes recording maximum points, I’m happy to put my faith back in Les Rouges et Noir, especially so when with a frail Angers outfit pitching up in the opposition dressing room.
The visitors are beginning their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 campaign and kicked-off against newly-promoted Nimes at their Stade Raymond Kopa base. After falling behind, Angers fought back to take what appeared to be an unassailable 3-1 lead. However, Stephane Moulin’s side imploded and were beaten 4-3.
Poor finishing and dreadful defending was blamed for Les Scoistes embarrassing finale and the result has put Moulin’s men immediately on the back foot as they bid to preserve their top-flight status for another season.
Angers have dropped in league position in each campaign since promotion and only survived in 2017/18 thanks to a late rally of six wins in their final 13 fixtures. The guests struggled on their travels last term, losing 11 of their 19 games, netting only 11 times, and should be opposed here.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Rennes -0.50 at 1.950
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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