France Ligue 1 – Nantes v Rennes Preview (22/10/16)

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Nantes preview

  • Back to back wins has seen them move up towards midtable, easing the pressure on Rene Girard.
  • Squad condition very good with no significant injuries or suspensions.
  • The biggest strength of Nantes under Girard is their defence which has remained fairly solid.
  • Their goalscoring ability is questionable, but has slightly improved recently.

Rennes preview

  • Christian Gourcuff’s men have been inconsistent this season but reside as high as seventh in the table.
  • Their away record is poor, losing 3 out of 4 games and registering just one goal in the process.
  • Centre back Bensebaini & midfielder Chantome are the only notable injuries, although the latter has yet to even feature this season much.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • There are many football clubs in Brittany these days that reside in the top two divisions. But this is the ‘big’ one, the derby that really matters the most.
  • Both teams hate each other and there is a massive regional pride at stake. I expect a fiercely contested match and sometimes this fixture can get overheated.
  • The away team usually goes well in this fixture, possibly because of the extra pressure placed on the home club by its fans. Everyone is so desperate to win.
  • It is likely to be a very stop-start sort of game and chances might be at a premium.
  • None of the betting lines interests me in this potentially volatile fixture.
  • Literally anything could happen here and it wouldn't surprise me at all if at least one player got sent off. Definitely a match to swerve betting wise.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None