Saint-Etienne vs Rennes
Coupe de France
Date: Thursday, 5 March 2020
Kick-Off at 19:55 UK
Venue: Stade Geoffroy Guichard.
Many will be surprised to find St Etienne in the semi-finals of French Cup this season, considering their poor Ligue 1 results and standings. They are locking horns against Rennes this Thursday and we should see an interesting and narrow contest.
At the moment of writing this preview the odds offered on home and away victory are at identical 2.70 rate. Rennes are entering the clash with three wins in the last four weeks though, while St Etienne won their last Ligue 1 game in January.
Saint-Etienne vs Rennes Head-to-head
Rennes were more successful side in the first head to head meeting this season, played in December 2019 on their turf. Full time result was 2-1.
St Etienne have failed to beat this opponent for seven games in a row. A big majority of those have ended without winner.
The last six h2h games between St Etienne and Rennes ended either Over 2.5 goals FT or both teams scoring at least once.
Saint-Etienne vs Rennes Prediction
Five losses in the last five Ligue 1 appearances have pushed St Etienne dangerously close to the relegation zone. This might change Claude Puel’s priority. It would be completely embarrassing to lose the top flight membership ticket with squad of this quality. Can they focus on playing on two fronts?
St Etienne eliminated Bastia, Paris FC, Monaco and Epinal in the previous rounds. All of those games were played on the road.
Unlike their opponents, team Rennes are currently in great shape. The squad is occupying the 3rd position on Ligue 1 table, so watch UEFA Champions League action at Rhoazon Park next season seems realistic. They won the last two matches against Toulouse and Reims.
Visitors are in obviously better shape at the moment and we will back them to conquer Stade Geoffroy Guichard on Thursday. A big majority of St Etienne’s cup matches had high number of goals so we will pick Over 2.5 as the alternative option.
Saint-Etienne vs Rennes Bet Tips
Away win @ 2.70
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.25