Rennes (@2.62) vs Lille (@3.0)
23-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Rennes will win

Rennes – Lille Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 09:00

They have won three and lost two of their opening five matches. Lille have conceded five times so far with an xGA of 5.06 which are pretty disappointing numbers for the team that conceded the least goals last season. Both of these defeats however came with Lille suffering a red card.

Lille had their chances but didnt take any of the three key opportunities they created. Lille were beaten 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday as Christophe Galtiers men got their first taste of European football following their 2nd place finish last year. Lille will be hoping to get back to winning ways here in the league but they havent been as dominant as they were last year. Ajax did and Lille were punished for it.

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Niang MBaye is the top goal scorer in Rennes squad at the moment. The team from Lille is recognized as the team with the best defense in the league. Hatem Ben Afra and Benjamin Borigeaud are also in great shape. Nicolas Pepe is an absolute star in his team because he scored twenty-two times in the current season. When LOSC plays away matches, there are under 2.5 goals on average. He scored nine times so far and together with his Senegalese teammate Ismaila Sarr they make tremendous offensive duo.

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This season they arguably have the better team have started well and Lille have a recent poor record over Rennes. Rennes form has dipped recently but they have a great chance to put that right with a win at the weekend. The problem for Lille of course is that they sold their best two players, and have struggled since, this is an away game and they had to play in midweek. All of this points to a home win. Rennes had to play also where they drew 1-1 with Celtic in the Europa League but the advantage, they had there was that it was also at home.

They do have a three-match winless streak behind them and a lot to prove, but we feel theyre still in a better place at this point. Rennes will now hope to capitalize on such woes and they have shown off as a very tough side to beat at this ground, holding Celtic (1-1) to a draw in Europa League midway through the week.

The situation is so serious that if we look at the previous ten games, we may see that Rennes has third-worst performance. Their last three home games ended without a winner. The team from Lille drew their last three away games but more importantly, they lost only two of their previous twenty-three games in the league. One explanation could be that they are testing new players and new tactics because they are far away from both the relegation zone and the zone that leads to European competitions. Rennes played really well until mid-March. After that, they recorded only two victories.

Christophe Galtier is doing a great job with the Stade Pierre-Mauroy outfit and, as a result, his men will represent France in the Champions League next term. Lille aim to put icing on the cake on a very successful season with a win over Rennes, but seeing that les Rouges et Noirs are tough to beat at home, the visitors should be happy with one point from the match as well.

Les Rouges et Noirs did well to beat Strasbourg on the road in their last league match, with the team putting an end to their nine-game winless run in the national championship, but beating Les Dogues is easier said than done. Roazhon Park will host Fridays football game between Rennes and Lille. Rennes are stuck in the middle of the Ligue 1 table ahead of the last game of the season and a win over Lille will see them secure a top-ten finish.

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They have also been rather poor defensively with an xGA of 7.10 with three goals conceded so far. Rennes have scored six goals in the league so far but they have the second worst xG in Ligue 1 so these goals may dry up if they dont start creating chances of quality. Rennes have lost just two of their last 22 home matches with wins over PSG, Lille and Arsenal in there for good measure.