Rennes & Nice meet on Match-day 18

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Ligue 1 action on Sunday as Rennes and Nice meet at the Roazhon Park – 3:00pm GMT.

Right now, Rennes sit in second place in the League, two places higher than the fourth placed hosts, Nice.

Rennes have 31 points to their name, going into this tie

Rennes come to this fixture on the back of a victory, having beaten Saint-Étienne 0-5 at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard.

Also, Rennes keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last nine games is astonishing this season, contributed significantly to their rise up the table. With a second position in the league and 9 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws, they currently have 31 points in the League having won nine fixtures, drawn four meetings, and lost four matches.

Rennes have won six matches, drawn one game, and lost two games of their nine League matches at home this season.

Rennes will see 34 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

Good atacking and defensive team

Rennes have shown a decent defensive solidity, having so far only conceded 14 goals in their previous fixtures. Rennes will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (32). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Martin Terrier (8), Gaetan Laborde (6), and Kamal-Deen Sulemana (4).

Rennes may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

Nice have so far accrued 28 points in this season of the Ligue 1

Christophe Galtier will know at the end of this next match, whether Nice’s season is back on track, having lost their last fixture and drawn against Paris Saint-Germain before that.

Also, Nice keep finding ways to win, having secured eight victories in their last 16 matches is astonishing this season. With 28 points, they currently sit fourth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 8 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws having won eight fixtures, drawn four games, and lost five matches.

Nice’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Rennes. In the 8 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won five meetings, drawn one game, and lost two meetings.

Winning this fixture will see Nice on 31 points.

A solid defensive team

It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. Nice have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with 15 goals in their previous fixtures. This has been an average season so far, in terms of performance and entertainment, even though they have delivered a decent rate of goals (25). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Amine Gouiri (8), Andy Delort (5), and Kasper Dolberg (4).

Going into Sunday’s game, Christophe Galtier without three of his players, due to illness or injury.

Rennes v Nice – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels the two teams have already played each other 47 times with the tally being 17 wins and 16 draws for Rennes. Also, three of the past five games between Rennes and Nice have resulted in a Rennes win. Their most recent encounter in this competition The Rennais secured a 1-2 away win.

Rennes to win has a 52.36 percent probability.

Players to watch

For Rennes, Martin Terrier has netted
eight goals in 17 League games this season, while Amine Gouiri is one of the top performing players after having scored
eight goals in 17 League fixtures this campaign for Nice.

Other standout players for Rennes are Gaetan Laborde and Kamal-Deen Sulemana with six goals and four goals respectively and for Nice are Andy Delort and Kasper Dolberg with five goals and four goals respectively.

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