Ligue 1 Preview: Nice will not submit to Rennes

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Updated: August 14, 2013
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It seems like Nice are not kicking off their Ligue 1 new season journey the right way, having opened the tournament with a disappointing setback from Olympique Lyonnais 0-4. Last season’s fourth placers are currently making a spot at the bottom of the table, putting sports betting to their favor at risk. But the season just started, and many more tourneys are yet to be toppled. Hence, Nice still have the long shot to make impressive retaliations to climb up in the rankings. This August 18, Les Aiglons (Nice) will be making their second appearance in the French top-tier football new season. They will play as the home side and will compete against away team Rennes at the Stade Municipal du Ray.

 

Nice concluded their streak in the last Ligue 1 season with a win over Ajaccio 2-0, capping their overall score of 64 points. During the friendlies, however, Claude Puel’s men were quite complacent that they had unsuccessful stints to defeat opponents like Raja Casablanca, Benfica, and Lazio. Their loss in this new season’s opening was another disaster. The defeats, however, are not absolute determinants of how well the team will perform in Ligue 1. Nice have very strong scoring instincts that they may unleash once they are done warming up in the earlier stages of the tournament.

 

 

Rennes are having a great time in the pitch, so far, with coach Philippe Montanier’s new team successfully defeating Reims 2-1. This match was preceded by two draws in the friendlies (with Guingamp 1-1 and Nantes 1-1) as well as a victory over Lorient 4-1 last month. Ranking 13th last season, Les Rouges et Noirs have now ascended to the sixth spot as per opening day.

 

Nice and Rennes are not of equal caliber. In the last season Ligue 1, the two occasions that these sides have competed against each other were completely one-sided, with Nice winning both matches single-handedly, 0-3 and 0-1. This does not yet include the fact that Les Aiglons have won Ligue 1 four times, while Rennes are yet to come up with one. Nice’s most recent match upsets might be indicative of the team’s “decelerating” power, but they will definitely be able to make excellent comebacks in their subsequent matches, including this one with Rennes.

 

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