Nantes vs Rennes Preview: Stalemate Settles Derby Breton

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Updated: February 21, 2014
Nantes and Rennes

Nantes and Rennes compete to be the match’s online betting favorite and eventually, improve their rank in Ligue 1. The Canaries has a better rank, while Rennes brag a better form. Under this context, when clubs are unwilling to give way for another, the most plausible result is a draw.

 

Match Date: 23 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau

 

Team Form

Nantes

The Canaries shall face their struggling rival, Rennes with a bit of a heavy heart. This was after OGC Nice forced them to settle for a scoreless stalemate in their recently concluded encounter.

 

The effects of the said draw proved to be very costly for Nantes. It prevented them from entering Ligue 1’s top ten (10). They slipped into the mid-table and it marked their  5th winless streak.
While it is true that Nantes has a better rank, this does not guarantee their safety against their upcoming opponent since their form has readily failed to exceed expectations. To note, they have only won once in their last six (6) matches, lost thrice and drew twice.

 

Rennes

Like Nantes, Rennes was also forced to an even steven finish when they went against Montpellier.

 

However, unlike the Canaries, this barely affected their rank, but it was a double-edged sword. Indeed, they did not slip, yet, they are stuck at the 15th spot of the table. This only meant that they remain unsafe from the relegation zone.

 

Nevertheless, if there is anything that makes Rennes’ situation a bit acceptable, this is their better form over Nantes. Although they have only won once just like their opponents, they have more draws than losses and these have readily prevented them from hitting  the rock bottom part of the table.

 

Rennes, however, must be wary of their away performance. Just recently, five (5) of their last six (6) away matches ended in a bitter defeat.

 

Prediction: Draw

Expect a down the wire derby to happen between Nantes and Rennes. It is quite unlikely for any of the club to throw the white towel easily.

 

 

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