Friday 3 Nov

Rennes vs Bordeaux - Match Preview

02 Nov 2017 Ed Mackey FRANCE: Ligue 1
FRANCE: Ligue 1

Stade Rennes

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:45 GMT
03 November 2017

FC Girondins Bordeaux

  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 03 November 2017

The 2017/18 Ligue 1 season is in full flow now and with some big surprises already, there is only going to be more. Nice, who qualified for this season’s Champions League, are just above the relegation zone while Nantes, under the guidance of Claudio Ranieri, are challenging for Europe. Two sides who are marooned around mid-table, Rennes and Bordeaux, face off on Friday as they both look to build on decent starts. Rennes are currently 13th while Bordeaux are moving up the table in 8th.

STATS

  • Rennes have been slightly unlucky so far this term but with three wins and three draws from their opening 11 matches, they aren’t doing too badly. A run of three wins in their last three fixtures has propelled them up the table after a shaky start but they still have plenty of work to do if they want to break into the top 10. A narrow 1-0 away win over Montpellier in their last game was a sign of how they’ve improved in the last month or so.
  • Bordeaux have made a marked improvement this season and have four wins and four draws after 11 matches, they could even push for a European place if they keep up strong form. However, with three losses in their last four fixtures they have started to tail off from the top sides. They struggled in their last match as they were defeated 2-0 by Monaco.
  • Benjamin Bourigeaud has been one of the main reasons for Rennes’ decent start to the campaign and with four goals in Ligue 1, he is a big threat in front of goal.
  • One of the best attacking players in the French top flight this term has been Malcom. The Bordeaux striker has scored five goals and registered four assists for his team-mates.

HEAD TO HEAD

Rennes have really struggled to beat Bordeaux in the last few years and you would have to go back to the end of 2011 to find the last time they beat them. Four of the last five meetings between the sides have ended as draws and that was the outcome in the last meeting in February. Jeremy Menez put Bordeaux ahead before Yoann Gourcuff equalised. Both teams have scored eight of the last nine fixtures.

RENNES NEWS

A win for Rennes would take them into the top half of Ligue 1 but it won’t be easy for the hosts against a strong side. They are without Ismaila Sarr for the clash but other than that, they are injury-free.

Latest matches: Stade Rennes

28.10.2017 Ligu Montpellier HSC Stade Rennes 0:1 W
25.10.2017 Coup Dijon FCO Stade Rennes 1:2 W
21.10.2017 Ligu Stade Rennes Lille OSC 1:0 W
14.10.2017 Ligu EA Guingamp Stade Rennes 2:0 L
30.09.2017 Ligu Stade Rennes SM Caen 0:1 L

BORDEAUX NEWS

Three points for Bordeaux would put them sixth ahead of Saturday’s fixtures and with just two injury doubts, they have a great chance of doing so. Gaetan Laborde is ruled out Youssouf Sabaly is a doubt for the match.

Latest matches: FC Girondins Bordeaux

28.10.2017 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux AS Monaco 0:2 L
21.10.2017 Ligu SC Amiens FC Girondins Bordeaux 1:0 L
15.10.2017 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux FC Nantes 1:1 D
30.09.2017 Ligu Paris St Germain FC Girondins Bordeaux 6:2 L
23.09.2017 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux EA Guingamp 3:1 W

SUMMARY

With Rennes playing at home, it makes the game very tough to call. On paper, it looks like a win for Bordeaux is most likely but with three consecutive wins for Rennes, they will be desperate to go four in a row. Bordeaux should still edge the game with a much stronger side, however, their recent form could let them down against a tireless Rennes side. It looks as though it’ll be an open game and both teams are expected to score.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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