Ligue 1 Preview: Lyon and Rennes to foray into a tight duel

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Updated: September 9, 2013
Lyon Lacazette

Four match weeks have passed and Ligue 1 still thrives with audience support and online betting presence. For current fifth placers, it is a prime time to exude even greater impression in the pitch. Rennes have shown tremendous improvement from last season, having climbed in the ladder eight steps courtesy of four matches. For their fifth stint in the tournament on September 16, Les Rouges et Noirs will have to face Olympique Lyonnais in the latter’s home court, the Stade de Gerland. Lyon demonstrated impressive goals in their curtain raiser, but have shown substantial disappointments in their most recent matches.

 

Away side Rennes catapulted remarkable innings when they competed against Reims in the French top-tier football’s opening 2-1. It was a feat for the Philippe Montanier-led side as Reims have historically been more successful at thrashing their opponents. For Rennes’ second appearance, a 1-2 defeat was inevitably incurred after Nice’s Jeremy Pied was able to cancel out Nelson Oliveira’s equalizer in the 50th minute. Their third stint, however, called for another celebration. Oliveira was again in his usual self, fierce and smart which enabled him to unleash two goals to belittle Evian’s lone inning. A draw with Lille 0-0 finished Rennes’ four-match streak in the season, so far.

 

Lyon’s opening was a pleasant onset for the side’s Ligue 1 campaign. The powerhouse trio comprising Lacazette, Grenier, and Gourcuff proved again that they are a force to be reckoned with, having been the only players to score in the match against Nice. Their second appearance was another victorious moment; Bezia was able to even out Sochaux’ opening goal via Boudebouz. The equalizer was later followed by two more goals to secure Lyon’s sure win over their opponents. But what seemed to be a perfect streak was later tainted with a series of painful defeats. Rémi Garde failed to win their two most recent Ligue 1 matches, with both Evian and Reims scoring one goal greater than Les Gones. As if the downfalls were not yet an agony, the side again made clumsy tactics in the UUFA Champions League. Lyon left the pitch empty-handed after Real Sociedad gave them back-to-back defeats both at home and away.

 

Prediction: Of the last five matches they had with Rennes, Lyon were able to win twice, deadlocked on two occasions, and lost only once. In spite of their recent upsets, Lyon still have the capacity and resources to nudge success over their opponents. Therefore, Les Gones should head into the tourney as heavy football betting favorites.

 

Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette | Image source: footmercato.net