Rennes had a difficult match last time out in Ligue 1, as they welcomed Bordeaux but managed to pull out a narrow 1:0 victory in the end.
The only goal was scored back in the 82nd minute via Niang, in a game where they simply showed more.
The ball possession was somewhat shared, however it was players of Rennes who have created far better chances overall.
This was their fifth consecutive victory in Ligue 1, as the side stands at a high third position and surely aims a positive result out of this one as well.
As for the Cup competition last weekend, they didn’t have an easy task considering the phase at home against Amiens, but still progressed after penalty kicks and a goalless game for 120 minutes.
Midfielder Grenier (11/1) is out injured, same as another midfielder Martin (3/0). They also miss a couple of long-term absentees that anyway didn’t play this season.
Marseille overpowered Nimes in a 3:1 victory last time out in Ligue 1 at home.
They missed many good chances in the first halftime, but the goals came in second – at the very start of it via an own goal. Soon enough Bendetto doubled up, while Payet sealed their victory with the third goal in the 81st minute.
Since they were losing for the entire half, it was actually players of Nimes who had more of the ball possession and even chances created, however only could reduce the deficit in the first minute of added time.
The team stands out as the second at the table, having no realistic chance to compete with PSG for the title, and are currently five points above Rennes with a game more played too.
Marseille had quite a difficult experience away to amateur side Trelissac in the Cup competition, only managing to progress further after penalties and a 1:1 game – playing with a man less during the entire extra-time as well.
The guests surely continue to miss forward Thauvin (1/0).
Marseille has a very good individual quality and can not be overwritten in this one, however, they often pulled out positive outcomes in the last moment of matches and generally did maybe overperformed recently.
On the other side, Rennes, with the support of their own fans, but also maybe slightly more creative and better ball movement, does stand out as a favorite in my eyes in this one.