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High Flying Rennes Takes on Stringy Opponent at Roazhon ParkPublished September 18, 2015 by Florin P
Low scoring game expected as Rennes welcomes Lille in opening match of Ligue 1’s Round 6 (7:30 p.m UK Time).
The French championship started fast and furious, with PSG winning back-to-back games until the unexpected meltdown against Bordeaux. Rennes is the pleasant surprise of the season start, trailing the leader by one point and winning four consecutive games. Tonight they welcome Lille, a team that stays true to its name and frantically defends both at home and on the road.
A Fortunate Turn of Events
Rennes played good football in the first five rounds, but they can consider themselves lucky to have won all five recent games. In the last round they played against a team that saw two red cards and only managed to score after Nantes was already one man down. Own goals and late goals helped them in the previous two rounds and the only truly impressive victory was the one against Lyon on the road.
This Friday, they have their offensive lineup intact and only miss one player in the midfield but they got huge problems with goalkeepers. Both Costil and Germontas are injured, so Rennes will have to rely upon its third goalie, which is a serious vulnerability against such a clinical team as Lille.
Stellar Defensive for Lille
The visitors are clearly unimpressed by the fact that they play on the road and they got good reasons to be confident in their ability to salvage at least one point. In the five games played so far, they allowed a single goal against the reigning champions and kept a clean sheet in the other four.
They can only brag about a narrow margin victory over Ajaccio, but this is consistent with Lille’s style of play. On Friday, they will bring a defensive starting formation with a single striker as they would gladly settle for one point. The odds for a double chance wager on Lille to win or draw are not spectacular but well worth it at 8/3 with Bet365 sports.