Rennes host Clermont Foot at Roazhon Park in Ligue 1 on Sunday, looking to halt their losing run and return to winning ways. The Rennais have lost their last three games in all competitions – a pair of 3-1 defeats vs Lille and Toulouse in the league followed by a 2-1 loss at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League on Thursday.
Their setbacks in the top-flight have seen them fall down to sixth in the table with 40 points from 23 games as another winless affair could seriously hurt their prospects of securing European football next season.
Interestingly, Clermont Foot have also lost their last two league outings – a pair of 2-0 defeats to AS Monaco and Marseille, having drawn 0-0 in their previous two games. The Lancers are in 12th position with 30 points.
Neither team are in the best shape right now, losing their last two Ligue 1 games. However, Rennes are still a quality side, and have the potential to overcome this relatively inexperienced Clermont team who’ve endured another poor season.
Prediction: Rennes 2-1 Clermont Foot
This match will start from 7:30 pm
This match will take place on 19 February 2023
While they do not have any fresh injury concerns, Rennes have a couple of long-term absentees still absent, with striker Martin Terrier and defender Lorenz Assignon both missing out through knee injuries.
Hamari Traore is unavailable through injury, so Djed Spence is the likely choice at right-back, while Xeka has an ankle issue, so Baptiste Santamaria and Bourigeaud are the likely choices in the engine room.
Amine Gouiri is the Red and Blacks’ main goal threat, having scored three goals in his last four games, and he is poised to lead the line again, playing alongside Arnaud Kalimuendo.
Clermont also have some injury issues to contend with, as Johan Gastien will be unavailable due to a calf injury, while Alidu Seidu misses out through a meniscus problem.
Grejohn Kyei is likely to remain the choice at striker, despite failing to score in his last five games, being supported by Muhammed Cham and Aiman Maurer.
Mandanda; Spence, Rodon, Theate, Truffert; Doue, Santamaria, Bourigeaud, Doku; Gouiri, Kalimuendo
Diaw; Ogier, Wieteska, Caufriez; Allevinah, Gonalons, Magnin, Borges; Maurer, Cham, Kyei
We say: Rennes 2-0 Clermont
Both teams have been in poor form in recent weeks, but Rennes have still managed to maintain their impressive home record, and so we expect them to run out comfortable winners on Sunday.
Clermont have really struggled to find the back of the net of late, and we cannot see this record changing against a side still in contention for the European places.
Tip 1 – Result: Rennes
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Over 2.5
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Rennes win with a probability of 60.6%. A draw has a probability of 21.9% and a win for Clermont has a probability of 17.49%.
The most likely scoreline for a Rennes win is 1-0 with a probability of 11.45%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-0 (10.88%) and 2-1 (9.89%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (10.41%), while for a Clermont win it is 0-1 (5.48%).
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