France Ligue 1 – Rennes v Toulouse Preview (25/11/16)

Rennes preview

  • Christian Gourcuff’s men have a good home record this season, winning 5 out of 7 games and nobody has yet to beat them at Roazhon Park.
  • They did however drop a couple of points against Angers last week, somehow failing to beat 10 men despite leading for most of the contest. They produced a poor second half.
  • Rennes still have a few injuries across the board. At the back Mexer remains out, whilst in attack Wesley Said & Kamil Grosicki are casualties.
  • One piece of good news is that influential striker Paul Georges Ntep returns from his injury and his presence in the team will immediately make them more dangerous, even if he only starts on the bench.

Toulouse preview

  • For the first time since Pascal Dupraz took charge of Toulouse, the visitors are going through a sticky spell, winless in four games.
  • A defeat against Metz last weekend was probably their worst ever performance under the ex Evian manager as his side struggled to break down a solid defence. They should get more opportunities here, especially on the break.
  • Talented young centre back Issa Diop misses his second straight game due to injury, as will key playmaker Oscar Trejo.
  • The majority of TFC’s away games have been low scoring this season and they've drawn 4 out of 7 encounters. Dupraz will usually have them set up more solidly on the road.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • I sense that both teams head into the match a little bit short of confidence. Rennes really should've had enough to see off Angers last week but produced a sloppy display. Perhaps they are still shaken by their 4-0 battering at the hands of PSG.
  • Rennes have been good at home this season but it’s been a while since they produced a really convincing display. Most of their recent successes have been by really tight margins in close games.
  • Toulouse meanwhile, are facing a slight crisis of confidence for the first time under Pascal Dupraz. A few things aren’t going their way and I can sense some frustration creeping in amongst the players. Losing to Metz at home is very worrying because Les Grenats are in my opinion the second worse side in Ligue 1 right now.
  • I’m not sure which way this will go but I think it’ll be a tight contest. Toulouse away games are usually low scoring and I doubt either side will be too ambitious.
  • The match markets seem pretty fair to me and I’m not really interested in betting in the fixture. A close Rennes win or a low scoring draw is my prediction but I don’t have strong enough feelings either way to warrant a pick.

Prediction: 0-0

Recommended bet: None