Rennes vs Nice Match Analysis & Prediction
02/01/2023 11:00 pm
Rennes and Nice will be looking to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 when they face off at Roazhon Park on Monday night.
After a near six-week break for the World Cup, the hosts were beaten by Reims on their return to top-flight action, while the visitors played out a goalless draw with Lens.
Rennes saw their 17-game unbeaten streak across all competitions come to an end against Reims in their final game of 2022 as they lost 3-1 away from home last Friday.
Les Rouge et Noir have subsequently slipped down to fourth place in the Ligue 1 table, but they still remain in contention to qualify for the Champions League, with just two points separating them from Marseille in third.
Bruno Genesio’s side will be keen to bounce back quickly in their quest for a top-three spot, and they will be optimistic of taking maximum points on Monday after winning 15 league matches on home soil in 2022.
Meanwhile, Nice have failed to live up to expectations following a busy summer of spending in the trabsfer market, but they have shown signs of improvement in recent months and have put together an eight-game unbeaten streak across all competitions.
While Lucien Favre can take positives from his side’s draw with Lens last week, the result has highlighted Nice’s struggles in front of goal, having scored the joint-fewest goals in Ligue 1 so far this season.
However, Nice have scored in each of their last six Ligue 1 away matches and found the net in each of their previous three visits to Rennes, winning on each occasion, which bodes well for them heading into the contest.
Rennes vs. Nice Head to head
In the previous 51 meetings between these two sides across all competitions, Rennes have claimed 16 victories while Nice have won 18, and they have drawn in 17. Nice have scored 63 goals and conceded 55 in the process.
Rennes Team News
Rennes midfielder Baptiste Santamaria is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an ankle injury, but Monday’s game will come too soon for him.
Attacking trio of Amine Gouiri, Arnaud Kalimuendo and Martin Terrier, who have scored 16 goals between them so far this season, are expected to retain their spots in the starting XI.
Rennes's Last 5 Matches
Nice Team News
Youcef Atal and Marcin Bulka remain out for Nice with respective ankle and shoulder injuries, but Mattia Viti has recovered from a groin issue and is available on Monday.
Gaetan Laborde, Nicolas Pepe and Ross Barkley will all be hoping to keep their places in attack, although Sofiabe Diop and Andy Delort will be pushing for starts.
Nice's Last 5 Matches
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