France Ligue 1 – Monaco v Rennes Preview (17/9/16)

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Monaco preview

  • Playing well and joint top of the table heading into this round.
  • Know they have to keep winning in order to stay ahead of PSG, who hammered Caen 6-0 on Friday night.
  • Monaco played in the Champions League midweek away to Spurs in London and some players picked up knocks.
  • The likes of Dirar, Sidibe, Mendy and Bakayoko are all doubtful here and might not feature.
  • Expect some squad rotation, but Monaco have proved before it doesn’t necessarily weaken them and the extra freshness can help.

Rennes preview

  • Unbeaten in three matches and generally looked quite good since new coach Christian Gourcuff took charge.
  • Will line up in the standard Gourcuff 4-4-2 system which he religiously operates.
  • Injuries kept to the minimum with only long term casualty Clement Chantome affected.
  • Haven’t been as offensively orientated under their new coach as I expected.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Monaco odds-on around the 1.75 mark which is fair enough.
  • Nevertheless, it might not be easy coming down off the high they had in midweek.
  • Considering the injuries they sustained, plus player rotation, there are probably some better 1.75 bet out there this weekend elsewhere.
  • Rennes are no mugs and will be able to compete strongly.
  • I can’t get a feel for the game or decide if it’ll be open or not.
  • Goal line is set at 2.25 but the price isn’t tempting enough.
  • I’ve got feeling Monaco will find a way to win but something like a 1-1 draw is a massive danger.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None