Only three points separate Nantes and Rennes in the table of classification of edition 2018/2019 of the French Championship. The teams will cross paths this Sunday, January 13, in a clash that is part of the schedule of the twentieth round of the tournament, the first of the second round. The meeting is based on the stadium of la Beaujoire in Nantes, and kick-off scheduled for 12 a.m. (Brasília time).
After a 2018 below expectations, the beginning of 2019 could not have been better for Nantes. The team opened the year by taking a step forward in the French Cup. Against Chatearoux, he won his debut match in the 2018/2019 edition of the competition without any complication applying a 4-1 win.Now the Sannois will be ahead. The meeting will be at the rival’s house. The opponents, however, dispute the Third Division, which gives the fans of Nantes the hope that the team prolongs its campaign in the dispute.The second game of the year was still paying off Ligue 1 first-round debt. On Tuesday, January 8, Nantes, again at home, beat Montpellier 2-0 in a game that had been postponed from the eighteenth match of the French Championship.It was true, with the help of the rival, that had an athlete expelled still in the 19 minutes of the first half (Laborde). He took advantage of the advantage, but scored with Majeed (17 minutes) and Pallois (36 minutes) in the final stage reaching 23 points (six wins, five draws and 11 losses), rising to eleventh in the standings, still having one unfinished game of the first round.As principal, it appears as tenth in the ranking. Of the 27 points that disputed of the stadium of the Beaujoire, gained 15 (four victories, three ties and two defeats). For Sunday’s match, coach Vahid Halihodzic has all of his top athletes at his disposal.
Rennes had two knockout games in early 2019 and a 50% advantage. In the French Cup, at home, he was frightened by Brest. He was 2-0 down on Sunday, January 6, but he achieved equality. After a goalless draw in overtime, he survived by winning the penalty shootout. In the next stage of the competition, will have as opponent the Saint-Pryve, this time away from home.In the quarterfinals of the French League Cup on Wednesday, January 9, the situation was reversed. Acting in the Louis II stadium in Monaco, he took advantage against the Monegascos, but suffered the draw. In the tournament, the rules do not require extra time. Thus, the definition was direct for the collection of penalties. Rennes ended up being eliminated.The draws in regulation time, however, served at least to increase the team’s undefeated game statistics, which reached seven games (five wins and two evenings). In the French Championship, with 26 points (seven wins, five draws and six losses), the team started the first round of the second round in eighth place. As a visitor he figures as the sixth best of Ligue 1. Of the 27 points played outside his stadium, he has 12 (three wins, three draws and three losses) with 14 goals scored and 14 conceded.To face Nantes this Sunday, coach Julien Stephan has three casualties in midfield. They are in the infirmary Ludovic Baal (a performance in the version 2018/2019 of the French Championship, without goal), Romain Danze (without performances) and Rafik Guitane (without performances).
Football Prediction of the Day Nantes vs Rennes
The teams have already had two matches in the current season. The first was for the French Championship. In the first round, there was a 1-1 draw in Rennes. The second was also in Rennes and won the League Cup. This time the owners of the house prevailed and won by 2 to 1.
Showing a growth trajectory and having the opportunity to play at home, the prognosis in Nantes’ victory seems to be the best option for the match that opens the Sunday schedule of the twentieth round of the French Championship in its 2018/2019 edition.
Bet Tips: Nantes