Rennes did their part of the job last time in the Conference League at home against underdogs from Mura when they took a victory with a minimal result but definitely deserved a more convincing one in my opinion.
They had control over the match from the start, but only managed to be effective once over Bade in the 76th, not using their generally much better appearance to its full potential.
Rennes is doing well this season in Ligue 1, as they are in a six-match unbeaten run, currently occupying the 5th spot in the overall standings, three points in deficit compared to the Europa League placed Marseille.
They will miss suspended midfielder Martin (5/1), while doubtful remains offensive midfielder Doku (3/0).
Like their opponent, Lyon performed in a positive manner last time in Europa when they appeared more creative compared to Sparta Prague and recorded a convincing 3:0 home victory, thus securing their ticket for the knockout phase of the competition.
They share the same amount of points as Rennes in Ligue 1 standings but are at a lower 6th spot due to score difference, surely entering this clash with high expectations carried by their latest success in Europa.
Forward Kadewere (4/0) is suspended, while also offensive Dembele (6/4) is injured for this one.
Offensive capabilities are not absent
The fact is that both squads are coming here with positive thoughts, as their latest appearances are giving them every reason to feel that way.
I am expecting a wide-open clash, with a high number of goal-scoring opportunities, and definitely without clean sheets, as both of them are quite potent lately, and surely have the means to be dangerous.