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The Ligue 1 game at Roazhon Park on Sunday sees home side Rennes fighting it out with FC Lorient.
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Rennes go into this fixture coming off the back of a 2-2 Ligue 1 drawn result versus Lille.
In that match, Rennes had 50% possession and 13 shots on goal with 3 on target. For Rennes, the goalscorers were Benjamin Bourigeaud (41') and Serhou Guirassy (93'). At the other end, Lille had 12 shots at goal with 3 on target. Timothy Weah (11', 88') scored for Lille.
Rennes have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, finding the back of the net in each and every one of their last 6 matches.
They have totted up the amount of 13 during that period and have conceded a total of 6.
In their last fixture, FC Lorient drew 1-1 in the Ligue 1 match with ESTAC.
In that game, FC Lorient managed 58% possession and 17 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Lorient was Armand Laurienté (74'). Troyes got 9 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Yoann Touzghar (22') was the scorer for ESTAC.
The forward players for FC Lorient have failed to get amongst the goals over their last 6 games, netting the poor return of only 3. In those fixtures, Les Merlus have also seen the collective goal aggregate of opposing teams equal 11. We will have to find out if that trend can be continued on in this game.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head meetings stretching back to 25/02/2017 tells us that these fixtures have been miserable for FC Lorient. They’ve not been able to get themselves any wins at all while Rennes have maintained the edge over them, running out winners in 83% of those ties.
A combined total of 14 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 13 of them for Rennes and 1 netted by Les Merlus. That’s an average goals per game of 2.33.
The previous league contest between these clubs was Ligue 1 match day 34 on 24/04/2022 and the score finished Rennes 5-0 FC Lorient.
That day, Rennes managed 59% possession and 10 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Goals were scored by Benjamin Bourigeaud (17'), Martin Terrier (19'), Hamari Traoré (47'), Flavien Tait (79') and Gaëtan Laborde (93').
On the other side, FC Lorient got 12 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Benoît Millot.
Team News: Rennes
Looking at personnel, there is just one fitness concern for the Rennes boss Bruno Génésio to be concerned with due to a largely intact squad. Warmed Omari (Pubalgia) won’t play.
We are thinking that Rennes look set to use a 4-3-3 formation for the game, beginning the first half with Steve Mandanda, Hamari Traore, Arthur Theate, Loic Bade, Adrien Truffert, Flavien Tait, Baptiste Santamaria, Lovro Majer, Benjamin Bourigeaud, Gaetan Laborde and Martin Terrier.
Team News: FC Lorient
Owing to a completely injury-free group available for selection, the FC Lorient manager Régis Le Bris has zero fitness worries at all before this game.
We believe Les Merlus might make use of a 4-3-3 system using Yvon Mvogo, Gedeon Kalulu, Julien Laporte, Montassar Talbi, Vincent Le Goff, Enzo Le Fee, Bonke Innocent, Laurent Abergel, Terem Moffi, Ibrahima Kone and Armand Lauriente.
We feel that Rennes will, in all likelihood, dominate on the ball and be rewarded with decent chances.
At the same time, FC Lorient may well find it hard getting on the scoresheet - but, we do see them being dangerous for periods.
We reckon that it will be a comfortable 3-1 win for Rennes come full-time.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Roazhon Park (29,778)
Captain: Hamari Traoré
Chairman: Olivier Cloarec
Manager: Bruno Génésio