Rennes made a good appearance last time out on the road to Brest when they justified the role of a favorite and came with a 1:2 victory.
The hosts took an early lead in the 4th minute, but the guests responded in the best possible manner, as they leveled the result, only three minutes later. Overly looking, the visiting side showed a greater desire for victory here, and the reward came in the 77th minute when they provided with the penalty, which was perfectly executed by Grenier, who set the final score in this clash.
Rennes is appearing quite well this season, currently being at 5th place in the general standings, having a nice chance to catch up with the Champions League positioned Lyon, which is only four points away.
The hosts can’t count on suspended midfielder Bourigeaud (20/4), while injured are central defender Rugani (1/0), and offensive players Tait (12/0) and Guirassy (11/3). Midfielder Lea Siliki (6/0) should be out too.
Lille had some problems in the last round at home against Reims, but in the end, they still came out victorious with a 2:1 result.
The hosts went on a break with a 0:1 deficit but visibly performed much sharper in the second part, successfully leveling up in the 48th over Bamba. This match was close to a draw, but David caught up with a rebound in the last minutes and scored from a close-range, not letting any surprises occur in this clash.
Lille is having one of the best seasons in their latest history, currently being at 2nd place in the standings, having only three points less than leaders from Paris.
The guests have midfielder Xeka (17/0) as suspended. Forward Yilmaz (18/9) is injured, while right-backs Celik (13/1) and Pied (4/0) are doubtful.
Not much to gain out of passivity
Both sides will be searching for a three-pointer in this clash, as their situation on the table is quite mixed up. Their overall effectiveness this season is quite satisfying, with Lille having a slight advantage in this aspect.
Nevertheless, the hosts are more than capable to respond in case of a conceded goal, and in my eyes, this clash will be very interesting to watch, as I am expecting an open play with a lot of chances for a goal from both sides. Definitely with value.