Lorient – Rennes Forecast and Analysis
The two teams in today's match had different fortunes last weekend.
Then the French championship was interrupted to play the 1/16-finals of the Cup of the country.
Lorient prevailed, albeit with difficulty after extra time and penalties, over second-division Bastia.
While Rennes had a difficult task in the face of Marseille and expectedly lost their visit there 0-1.
As for Ligue 1, the two teams are separated by just 5 points. And that advantage is on Ren's side.
Not only for this reason, the visitors are favorites to win today.
Lorient have not won 5 consecutive home games in Ligue 1, of which 3 were losses.
And in each of these 3 losses, the home team conceded 2 goals.
Furthermore, they are on a 2-nil losing streak in their previous two home games against Rennes - 0-2 and 0-3.
My prediction here is for the visitors to win.
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Lorian - statistics and info
Lorient's bravery in replacing Christophe Pelissier with rookie manager Regis Le Bris in the summer has undoubtedly been rewarded so far.
As the 47-year-old helped his side climb into the top half of the table in his first ever coaching role.
Just one win in their last 9 league games (1-4-4), however, saw Lorient drop to 7th in the table.
But despite this, they are still close to the Europa zone - 5 points.
Le Brice's hopes of capping off an excellent season by winning the club's second ever Coupe de France remain alive.
After his players handled Bastia on penalties last weekend and move on in the tournament.
Rennes - statistics and info
For several seasons now, Rennes has been among the most consistent teams in the French elite football championship.
They put in an impressive performance in Ligue 1 last round, holding leaders PSG to just 1 clean sheet in the game.
And they managed to reach a 1-0 triumph against the Parisians.
In this way, Rennes became only the 2nd team to beat the capital city in the championship this season.
However, Bruno Genesio's men were not as strong in the attacking phase away from home.
Having scored just one goal in each of their previous three away games in Ligue 1.
Rennes have won just once in their last 6 away games in all competitions (1-2-3).
This trend was reinforced by their 0-1 loss at Marseille last weekend for the Coupe de France.
But despite this, the Brits hold the last European quota place right in the middle of the campaign.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Manon; Le Goff, Talbi, Matsima, Kalulu; Le Fay; Innocent; Catlin, Ponceau, Auchish; Moffy
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Injured: Terrier, Xeka
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