Ligue 1 Match Preview: Rennes FC vs. Evian TG

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Updated: August 11, 2014
Philippe Montanier

Match Date: 16 August 2014 (local)

Match venue: Route de Lorient

(Featured image: Coach Philippe Montanier | Source: dailyfootballclub.fr)

 

Neither Rennes nor Evian emerged successful in their respective opening matches. The former succumbed to last year’s third placers Lyon while the latter were beaten at home by newly promoted Caen.

 

Stade Rennais

The home goals from Lyon’s Malbranque (64’) and Lacazatte (73’) proved fatal for Rennes’ opening campaign in Ligue 1. The top dogs produced the majority of the chances and they did successfully deliver in the second half. Philippe Montanier’s men were the obvious minnows throughout the battle and an upset was quite unlikely.

 

Les Rouges et Noirs have never won in any of their past four matches, picking up only two points from the draws they had from Angers and Heidenheim in club friendlies. Prior to going into the French top-flight tournament, they had a premonition from Augsburg who defeated them 2-1 in an exhibition game.

 

Evian Thonon Gaillard

Evian TG debuted in the season in the worst ways possible: incurred a defeat, conceded three goals, scored none, and landed at the bottom of the league table. The side were thumped by newcomers Caen—last season’s Ligue 2 third placers—with a clean sheet delivered by Kante (12’) and Duhamel (31’, 37’). None of Pascal Dupraz’s players displayed enough spectacles.

 

The loss was Les Croix de Savoie’s first bad result in five matches, having been able to earn points from Lorient and Brest in the pre-season friendlies as well as winning their last two matches (versus Nice and Sochaux) in the 2013-14 top-flight season.

 

Football betting tip: Rennes could pull off a narrow win over Evian.