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Prediction: Rennes vs Saint-Etienne – betting tip, preview, lineups

Foot Predictions shows the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday between Rennes and Saint-Etienne, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.

Rennes will be determined to end a four game winless race in all competitions when they receive Saint-Etienne to Parque Roazhon for the Ligue 1 game on Sunday.

Both teams were eliminated from the Coupe de France in the middle of the week, with Julien StephanThe men on the team lost to Angers, while Saint-Etienne lost to Sochaux.


Match analysis

Rennes fans were forced to go through a sterile phase when their team was juggling Champions League and Ligue 1 football, so the current downfall of your team, with no continental commitments to worry about, is certainly a reason for concern.

With only one win in their last seven games in all competitions, any outward chance of a title shot is dead for Stephan’s team, who also saw a realistic chance of winning in the Coupe de France to pass them midweek, like a double of Angelo Fulgini propelled Angers to victory.

Although Rennes have only lost once in the last 10 Ligue 1 matches, four draws in the last six – including a goalless draw with Lens last time – seriously hurt their first four players, as they are 10 points from an exciting one. Monaco outfit, albeit with a game in hand.

In addition, Les Rouge et Noir have added just two points out of nine possible points at home in the past few weeks, and the lack of victory on Saturday would mark the first time since May 2019 that Rennes has been four games without a championship win in family territory.

A Europa Conference League spot will probably be the best Rennes can hope for now, but the squad in search is not far behind and Saint-Etienne is finally starting to show signs of life in Ligue 1 once again.

Saint-Etienne's head coach, Claude Puel, photographed in October 2020

Saint-Etienne is not yet out of danger, but Verts fans hope their team’s recent good fortune will be a sign of things to come for the rest of the campaign.

Claude PuelThe team team has won two of the last three Ligue 1 matches, after winning just one of the previous 18, and with two clean sheets, with 1-0 wins over Metz and Nice on both sides 1 to 1 draw with Nantes.

However, Saint-Etienne’s journey in the Coupe de France came to a dismal end against Ligue 2’s Sochaux, who marched to a 1-0 victory over Puel’s men, condemning them to their third away defeat in four matches, courtesy of Christian Bediathe winner of the fifth minute.

Despite the early elimination of the cup, the Verts, placed 15th, are one of the only two teams in the last half who have not suffered defeat in any of the last three matches in the first division – the other is Lorient – and can move 11 points ahead on the last three if Nantes lose to Angers at the same time, on Sunday.

Rennes won 3-0 in their first clash with Saint-Etienne in September, and the hosts have only lost once in their last 15 games against Les Verts.

Rennes Connect 1 form: DDWLDD
Rennes form (all competitions): DWLDDL

Saint-Etienne Connect 1 form: LLLWDW
Forma Saint-Etienne (all competitions): LLWDWL


All news from the teams

Clement Grenier of Rennes celebrates his first goal with teammates on January 9, 2021

Rennes striker Mbaye Niang had been battling an illness for the past few weeks, but has since completed a loan to Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli.

Daniele RuganiRoazhon Park’s less than terrifying period also came to an end when he went on loan to Cagliari, and his departure means that Flavien Tait and Clement Grenier are the hosts’ only two concerns with injuries before this match.

Steven Nzonzi must return to the center of the park, despite losing Angers, while Eduardo camavinga and Serhou Guirassy – the last of whom he scored as a midweek reserve – must repeat his duties on the starting lineup.

Saint-Etienne striker Romain Hamouma He was out of the game against Angers after suffering a thigh injury in the win over Metz, and he will remain out for a month due to a blow to Puel’s team.

Seventeen years Lucas Gourna-Douath could return to the engine room after serving a midweek suspension, but the goalkeeper Jessy Moulin and defender Mathieu Debuchy are doubts about injuries to visitors.

Anthony Modeste intends to open his Ligue 1 account for Saint-Etienne the third time he orders this weekend, while Mahdi Camara, Adil Aouchiche and Denis Bouanga – who was expelled because of Sochaux’s defeat – also disputes the return to the first XI.

Possible initial line-up for Rennes:
Gomis; Traore, Aguerd, Da Silva, Maouassa; Nzonzi; Doku, Camavinga, Bourigeaud, Terrier; Guirassy

Possible initial line-up for Saint-Etienne:
Moulin; Kolodziejczak, Moukoudi, Cisse; Moueffek, Camara, Neyou, Bouanga; Nordin, Aouchiche; Modeste


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Probability: Rennes 1-0 Saint-Etienne

Rennes’ sterile streak has to end at some point so that they don’t run the risk of escaping the European dispute entirely, but can fight to get the maximum points against a Saint-Etienne team with a new defensive determination. Both teams will be desperate to correct their mistakes in the middle of the week with a triumph to boost morale here, but given their strong track record in this confrontation, we hope that Stephan’s team will achieve a difficult victory in their own territory.


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