Rennes vs Lyon
French Ligue 1, Season 2017/18
Date: Friday, 11th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Roazhon Park (Rennes).
Lyon draw confidence from their excellent start to the campaign when they travel to a Stade Rennais on match day 2 or the new Ligue 1 season.
Lyon lost their free scoring forward Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal this summer. But the who who replaced him has just showed us that he can fill the big boots of the French forward. Mariano Diaz scored twice in Lyon’s 4-0 win against Strasbourg, including the team’s opening goal in the match.
There are other positive in various aspects of play. The Manchester United flop Memphis Depay showed glimpses of his talent and was influential in the attacking third. While the club’s own product Nabil Fekir bossed the midfield and bagged two goals for himself, after providing assist for Diaz’s first.
Overall, it has been an outstanding opening day for Lyon. If they could maintain the consistency, we are about a witness a strong season from the team competing for Champions League spots.
Rennes were held to a 1-1 draw at the newly promoted Troyes on matchday 1. There was a lack of fluidity in their game and there are early evidences of this team’s inexperience in the park. Their forward line is extremely in-experienced with the likes of Firmnin Mubele Ndombe and Jordan Tell in their early 20s. While the new acquisitions Faitout Maouassa and Ismaila Sarr have just turned 19. The team could excite the fans with enough fresh blood in their ranks, but there is a price you pay for it.
Rennes vs Lyon: Head-to-head
Lyon are clearly the better team in their recent duels with Rennes with 3 wins and 2 draws from the last 6 and were beaten just once.
At home, Rennes managed just one win from their last 8 meetings with Lyon, drew 4 and lost 3.
Lyon scored at least once in 7 of their last 8 visits to the Roazhon Park. And both teams scored in 6 of those meetings.
Rennes vs Lyon: Predictions
Lyon made an exciting start to the season and they will be looking for nothing less than a win against an underwhelming Rennes. They have the backing of h2h stats and form to draw confidence and they just have to reflect this on the field.
Rennes vs Lyon: Bet Tips
Lyon to win for 1.99 odds with Pinnacle is a banker.
Mariano Diaz is expected to keep his fine form and score any-time here. Odds at 2.10 by Bet365.