Strasbourg v Rennes – Stade de la Meinau at 16:00 GMT+1
It took until the 3rd February for PSG to lose a Ligue 1 game last season but bogey team Rennes ended their 2019/20 unbeaten spell at just one game last weekend. Having fought back from 2-0 down to surprise PSG on penalties in the Coupe de France final in May, the Britany boys repeated the feat here when again came from behind to secure a 2-1 success at Roazhon Park.
A mix-up between goalkeeper Romain Salin and his defence gifted a simple opener to Edinson Cavani, but M’Baye Niang’s smart turn and arrowed shot had Rennes level before half time. After the break, 16-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga’s pinpoint cross was nodded home by winger Romain Del Castillo to put Rennes ahead and secure another famous triumph for Julian Stephan’s men.
The Rennes head coach paid tribute to his team’s efforts, saying, “It was a great collective performance until the very end. We could’ve scored more with a bit of luck. We can’t get carried away after this win, though” as the Les Rouge et Noir boss quickly turned his attention towards Sunday’s clash at Strasbourg.
SRFC endured a topsy-turvy campaign in 2018/19, ending the season slap-bang in mid-table with consistency lacking. The visitors tended to toil when well-fancied to pick up points on the road and Stephan’s been keen to right those wrongs this time around, especially after such a standout result against PSG.
Rennes appeal as underdogs
Nevertheless, there’s certainly an opportunity for Rennes to deliver a positive performance here. The guests appear slightly underrated in the Asian Handicap markets with a +0.25 start trading at 1.70 appealing considering Strasbourg face a tough Europa League qualifying tie against Frankfurt on Thursday.
Due to the hosts’ European commitments, this will be Strasbourg’s eighth competitive outing since the end of July and there’s already suggestions Le Racing have looked jaded by their early exertions. Thierry Laurey’s team have failed to fire in the final-third, managing just three shots on-target against Reims and Metz.
What’s more, Strasbourg have a relatively mediocre record when welcoming Ligue 1’s elite to their atmospheric Stade de la Meinau base. The hosts held the top-five to draws here last term but only actually took top honours six times in front of their home supporters, tabling two triumphs against top-13 teams.
Rennes can be backed with a +0.25 start at 1.70, a selection that will see us make money should Les Rouge et Noir avoid defeat. We’ll earn a half-stakes pay-out should the game end all-square with a full-stakes profit made on an away victory.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Rennes +0.250 at 1.700
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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