Rennes will be looking to secure their first three points of the season this weekend after a disappointing start. The side will take on Montpellier at the Roazhon Park this Saturday with kickoff at 6 pm.
Montpellier will be playing their first match of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 campaign. This follows after their scheduled match against Champions League semi-finalists Lyon postponed. The side hopes their first match in Ligue 1 will end in a win.
The most anticipated opening match of the season was between Rennes and Lille. However, the side failed to leave up to its billing with two sending offs in the first half. Youngster Sacha Boey saw the red card after a vicious tackle on Lille’s Reinaldo. The aggressed also saw the same marching orders after a foul against Rafinha.
The heated match ended with both sides sharing spoils. Stephan will be looking to continue the side’s triumphant victory at Roazhon Park. The side only lost once in October with eight straight wins in the run.
Michel Der Zakarian was one point shy of Europa League football before the curtailment of Ligue 1. The side went on to enjoy a mixed pre-season with a loss to side Strasbourg, a draw to Bastia, and a 3-1 win over side Rodez.
Rennes vs. Montpellier Head to Head
Both sides have 24 games against each other with Rennes taking home ten wins against seven wins for side Montpellier. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Lille 1-1 Rennes
Nice 3-2 Rennes
Rennes 3-0 St. Etienne
Brest 1-2 Rennes
Lorient 1-1 Rennes
Metz 1-1 Montpellier
Rodez 1-3 Montpellier
Bastia 2-2 Montpellier
Strasbourg 2-1 Montpellier
Rennes Team News
The side recently reported three positive cases of coronavirus in their camp. Boey had to walk off the pitch in a stretcher after a clash against side Lille. Teenage sensation Camavinga came off the pitch to bag an assist to Da Silva’s equalizer and will be keen on a first callup.
Montpellier Team News
The side recently bolstered their defense with the signing of goalkeeper Jonas Omlin from Basel. The 26-year-old looks set for a debut for the side this weekend. Defender Nicolas Cozza is keen on a return after an ACL injury,
Prediction and Odds
With the coronavirus cases still unknown at the home camp, we expect Montpellier to walk away with a point this weekend at the Roazhon Park.
Both Sides to Score
Goals Under 2.5