Rennes vs AS Saint-Etienne Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Rennes is set to welcome Les Verts from Saint-Etienne in game week 29 of the French Ligue 1 which has to be one of the most intriguing fixtures this round. The clash at the “Roazhon Park” in Rennes meets two of the well-performing clubs lately, as the hosts have won 10 points in the last four rounds, while AS Saint-Etienne are undefeated in six (3 wins, 3 draws).
Les Rouges et Noirs (The Red and Blacks) will play at home exactly at their 117th anniversary on Saturday night when Rennes will be keen to win third game in a row and Wahbi Khazri will be under the spotlight once again. The Tunisian scored in each of his last three starts and he already has 9 goals in the Ligue 1, making him one of the players in best form.
Sabri Lamouchi will most likely return to a 4-2-3-1 formation, after winning 2-0 in Amiens using a 4-3-3. This was the second successive clean sheet of Rennes and we highly doubt Lamouchi plans some significant rotations in the squad that slipped Lyon a few weeks ago, and then won seven points in following 3 rounds. However, he may refresh both wings with the likes of Benjamin Bourigeaud and Ismaïla Sarr, while Khazri should be moved behind the Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho.
After strengthening its defense in the winter, Saint-Etienne look much better and Les Verts have won 12 points out of 18 possible, without losing in any of the last six games. Anyway, ASSE still occupies 13th position and we’re quite sure that’s far from the club’s ambitions, so Jean-Louis Gasset’s men must maintain the gained momentum in order to climb up in the Ligue 1 standings.
Slovenian forward Robert Beric has scored four goals in the last four games and he will be the main threat for Rennes here, supported by Remy Cabella and both wingers from the second position. When mentioning both wingers we must note that Jean-Louis Gasset is likely to make rotations on the flanks where he may choose between Paul-Georges Ntep, Kevin Monnet-Paquet, Jonathan Bamba and Romain Hamouma. Otherwise no other changes are expected despite the two draws in the last two rounds, in which ASSE were those who have had to comeback from losing position – 1-1 vs Lyon (away) and 2-2 vs Dijon (home).
Find out the possible starting lineups of Rennes and AS Saint-Etienne, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the selected market.
Ligue 1: Rennes vs AS Saint-Etienne – Prediction and Betting Tips
Rennes have seen under 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 13 home games against Saint-Etienne in all competitions. Furthermore, there have been under 2.5 goals scored in AS Saint-Etienne’s last 5 away matches, as well as under 2.5 goals scored in Rennes’s last 3 home games in the league. Nevertheless, we expect a similar outcome as in their previous meeting at the “Stade Geoffroy-Guichard” in Saint-Etienne, where both teams have scored for a 2-2 draw. Back then, in September, ASSE were still led by Oscar Garcia, while Christian Gourcuff was at the Rennes helm.
The home draw with Rennes was the beginning of a very tough period for AS Saint-Etienne but now they seem to find the right rhythm and Les Verts have scored in each of their last four games on the road, avoiding a playing time defeat in each one.
Our betting experts suggest the goal scoring markets: “Both teams to score – Yes“. Both sides are capable to score at least once on Saturday night.
Possible Starting Lineups of Rennes and AS Saint-Etienne
Venue: “Roazhon Park”, Rennes.
Referee: Benoit Bastien.
Stade Rennais FC: Tomas Koubek – Hamari Traore, Mexer, Joris Gnagnon, Ramy Bensebaini – Jeremy Gelin, Benjamin Andre – Benjamin Bourigeaud, Wahbi Khazri, Ismaïla Sarr – Diafra Sakho. (4-2-3-1)
AS Saint-Etienne: Stephane Ruffier – Mathieu Debuchy, Neven Subotic, Loïc Perrin, Gabriel Silva – Yann M’Vila, Ole Selnaes – Kevin Monnet-Paquet, Remy Cabella, Jonathan Bamba – Robert Beric. (4-2-3-1)