Ligue 1 Match Preview: Lille vs. Rennes

Updated: January 21, 2014

Match Date: 24 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Grand Stade Lille Métropole



Many were baffled when Lille started the new year with back-to-back defeats from Reims and St. Etienne. The league’s current third placers showed their weakest performances in the season, so far—which widened their gap with the table’s top placers by 10 points (or five points for the runners up). The dwindling trend is certainly a no-no, and so René Girard must tap into more resources or strategies to prevent this unwelcoming tendency.


Based on their displays from last year, Les Dogues are certainly among the league’s most disciplined and aggressive squads. They were winners in the majority of their fixtures, scoring victories from 12 matches and bagging draws in four encounters. As defenders, they are quite impressive; on the attack, they are superb. Their present goal difference stands at 11.



Rennes were goalless in their two most recent tourneys, sharing points with Nice and Evian TG. They are six points clear of relegation but are only three spots above the deadly zone. Out of 21 fixtures, the team won in 5, drew in eight, and were defeated in another eight.


Les Rouges et Noirs suffer from a scarcity of effective defensive tactics. They fall short in skills when it comes to preventing their opposition from creating scoring chances. They are also similarly poor at defending against skillful players.  They are least impressive when playing as away. Of the 10 matches they had on the road, only two ended positively; two went on a deadlock while the rest were bitter defeats. Of this streak alone, 12 goals were conceded.


Sports betting tip: Although their past two Ligue 1 results were much worse than Rennes’, Lille could still win this match over. The sides’ past few face-offs together suggest a much stronger Les Dogues—who won in four and defeated only in one.


Lille | Image source: Zimbio