Montpellier positively surprised in the last round against much favored Lyon, as they recorded a 1:2 victory, playing in an away match.
They took the lead first in the 20th minute over Savanier, but the home side put some pressure during the first part and managed to level up just before halftime. However, the visitors showed great determination and a greater desire for victory, as despite having the ball possession disadvantage in the second, used their chances with higher efficiency and set the final score with a goal in the 65th over Wahi.
Montpellier is positioned at 9th place in the standings, having only three points less than European-placed Rennes.
Defender Oyongo (13/1) is injured, as well as midfielder Ristic (22/0) and forward Delort (20/9).
Rennes is having some difficulties lately in Ligue 1, currently being on a four matches winless streak, last time at home against St Etienne when they suffered a 0:2 loss.
They opened too much in this clash, apparently wanting a convincing victory, but they paid the price of their ineffectiveness with two goals conceded in the 27th and the 71st minute, as the visitors performed quite well in transition in this encounter.
As previously mentioned, Rennes holds the European leading 5th spot, but several teams are in a position to threaten them.
The guests will miss midfielders Grenier (12/3), Tait (12/0) and forward del Castillo (13/0) due to injuries.
Should be a good fight
Montpellier is looking better lately and is looking like a side that is closer to victory, but due to safety, I am suggesting avoiding any outcomes, since Rennes needs to respond sooner or later and has desired individual quality.
In my eyes, more realistically would be to opt for goals, as it is about time for Rennes to approach with more confidence, and if possible end their winless streak, but regardless of the outcome, there should be no clean sheets in this encounter.