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Rennes vs Montpellier Predictions and Odds
Rennes will defend its four-match winning streak when they host Montpellier, the only team in Ligue 1 who hasn't played a draw game.
Rennes to Win
Rennes has been doing a great job catching up to the leaders with four straight wins. Playing against Montpellier should give them ample opportunities to score goals because of the way their opponents play this season. They are all over the place when it comes to defending, their games are about inconsistency, Rennes has won four straight games while Montpellier is in the middle of their streak, unfortunately for them, a negative one. They lost four matches in a row.
Over 2.5 Goals
Average of goals that are scored in matches Montpellier played this season is tied for the top place in Ligue 1 at 3.8. That is an impressive number, but for Montpellier, it's mostly about losing those games. They are the only team in the league that didn't have a draw result. They are at four wins and eight losses. Losing-wise, the only other team that has eight lost games are two bottom sides Angers and Ajaccio.
Preview and information about Rennes vs Montpellier
Rennes' tough schedule is an opportunity for Montpellier
Rennes, with four wins in a row, will have additional pressure this week because they have to play in a Europa League match against Fenerbahce. They already secured at least a second place in their group which guarantees them a place in the playoffs, but in an earlier round. If they beat the Turkish club they could end up in a first place which will grant them a place in the eight-finals. The team coached by Bruno Genesio doesn't have many injury issues, their main players are ready for a challenging week.
Rennes predicted 11: Mandanda, Traore, Wooh, Theate, Truffert, Bouriegeaud, Xeka, Tait, Terrier, Gouiri, Kalimuendo.
Montpellier positively started the season by getting some wins. But those moments are getting rare. Suffering through four straight defeats got them very close to the relegation zone. Their defense has been a struggle for most of the season, even when they were winning games. During the current losing streak, they allowed eight goals while scoring only three. It seems, as the season progresses, their goal form is diminishing while defending is becoming an even bigger issue. To make matters worse they have huge availability issues for this match, three players are suspended while at least four are injured. Montpellier also has a new coach, Romain Pitau.
Montpellier predicted 11: Omlin, Cozza, Sacko, Jullien, Tchato, Ferri, Fayad, Maouassa, Savanier, Nordin, Khazri.
Rennes: Baptiste Santamaria is a long-term injury issue.
Montpellier: Mamadou Sakho, Theo Saint-Luce, Dimitry Bertaud, and Pedro Mendes are injured. Stephy Mavididi, Maxime Esteve, and Elye Wahi are missing through suspension.
Questions & Answers about Rennes vs Montpellier
- When is the kick-off? – 14:00 BST, 15:00 CET
- Who has a better goal difference? – Rennes has a 25-12 goal difference compared to 22-24 for Montpellier
- What was the score the last time they met? – Montpellier 2-4 Rennes