Ligue 1 Match Preview: Saint-Etienne vs. Rennes

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Updated: August 20, 2014
Stade Rennais

Match Date: 24 August 2014 (local)

Match venue: Stade Geoffroy Guichard

(Featured image: Rennes | Source: sportsmole.co.uk)

 

Saint-Etienne and Rennes both ended their second week in Ligue 1 with flying colors. The home team earned three points against Reims at the back of another victory (in the first week) against Guingamp. The away side, meanwhile, obtained one of the best scoring figures of the tournament so far as they thrashed Evian on a 6-2 finish.

 

AS Saint-Etienne

Thus far, Saint-Etienne are enjoying a stunning campaign in Ligue 1. They currently rank atop the league table—jointly occupied by Bordeaux—following their back-to-back triumphs in the tournament’s first two weeks of fixtures. In their latest battle, the side successfully made a turnaround against Reims. Their opponents were the first side to score in the match, courtesy of a frustrating own goal from Loic Perrin. This, however, was later countered by three valid goals netted between the 60th and 81st minutes. Mark Gradel delivered the first one, and then doubled by Kevin Monnet-Paquet before Mevlut Erdinc fired the match’s final goal. The last time Les Verts won the top-flight tournament was more than three decades ago. Now, they have a really good chance at claiming their very first title since 1981.

 

Stade Rennais FC

Rennes entered the season with an appalling loss to Lyon, who earned a clean sheet by scoring two goals and conceding zero. This embarrassment might have partly triggered the side’s heightened desire to redeem themselves in their second fixture. That said, they successfully turned the tides in their favor and scored six goals against Evian TG while conceding just two. It was by far the best comeback of the tournament, and Philippe Montanier’s men certainly did not disappoint. Ola Toivonen opened the scoring for Rennes but Evian’s Daniel Wass was able to fire an equalizer before Mexer gained back the lead to Rennes by scoring two successive goals between the 39th and 43rd minutes. Toivonen found the net again in the second half and so did Paul Ntep. Although Wass successfully struck in the 83rd minute, Les Rouges et Noirs were already very much ahead of the tally. Ntep’s second goal in the dying minutes of the battle further made things worse for Evian.

 

Football betting tip: Saint-Etienne are on course to earning their third straight win in Ligue 1. Rennes, however, will not leave the pitch without any goal.