Rennes (@2.62) vs Lille (@3.0)

Our Prediction:

Rennes will win

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

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Their best performances are at the start of the new season and in the end when they fight against relegation. Some might say that it was surprising, but if we analyze more in-depth, we can see that Rennes plays serious football whenever it is necessary. The next game is of no significance for Rennes, but they still may choose to go for a win against, once the most hated club in entire Germany, LOSC.

Form Summary

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. 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.

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.

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.

Rennes vs Lille Head to Head Record

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.

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.

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.

Rennes vs Lille Stats

We must say that second place is the best Lilles result in the last nine years. In the previous round, LOSC played in Lille against Angers and they easily won that match 5-0. Hosts are in good shape and despite three draws in the last three away games, we give an advantage to them. If football managers need instructions about the 4-2-3-1 formation, then they should ask Christophe Galtier about it. The team from Lille recorded twenty-two wins, nine draws, and six defeats. The main goal in this season was to secure a place that leads to Champions League, and that goal is successfully achieved. LOSC are in second place sixteen points behind league winner, PSG.

Les Dogues continue life without Pepe, who left the club in the summer, but they have been in a fine form at the start of the season. Lille recorded a win in each of their first three home games in the national championship, but given their poor away record, we predict that they are going to share the spoils with Rennes at Roazhon Park this weekend. Les Rouges et Noirs aim to stay in top three in the Ligue 1 standings and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Lille.