France Ligue 1 – Dijon v Rennes Preview (24/9/16)

dfco-renDijon preview

  • Got easily beaten by PSG on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t a particularly energy sapping loss and they rested and rotated a lot of starters.
  • Likely to be quite fresh here although the resting out of centre back Yunis Abdelhamid will weaken their backline.
  • The attacking duo of Romain Amalfitano & Julio Tavares remain injured.
  • Dijon have lost 4 of their 6 fixtures so far. Les Rouges haven’t look out of their depth, but have shown naivety at this level which is costing them.

Rennes preview

  • Have looked quite good under their new manager Christian Gourcuff, winning 3 out of 6 games. All of those came at home though.
  • Road form not as good, but they have travelled to Nice & Monaco which are both difficult locations.
  • Attacking duo of Giovanni Sio & Yoann Gourcuff both ruled out here because of injury, along with midfielder Clement Chantome who hasn’t featured since the opening day.
  • The manager sticks religiously to a 4-4-2 formation, usually with quite an attacking mindset.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • It’s taken a little bit of time but Rennes’ 3-2 win over Marseille in midweek was a typical sort of Christian Gourcuff side performance in Ligue 1.
  • Confidence is high in Rennes and they will likely come here looking for all three points and attack with intent.
  • Dijon have had some good moments and bad. Their natural attitude is to attack and I think we’ll see both sides go for it here.
  • Over 2.25 goals looks a really generous price around the 2.0 mark.
  • I think bookies are underestimating how pro-active in nature these two sides are.
  • The overall result is very difficult to predict and could go either way. Each can be backed on a DNB line which seems fair.
  • I’m happy just to stick with this very juicy looking over 2.25 line.

Prediction: 2-2

Recommended bet 1 unit: Over 2.25 goals @ 2.03