Arriving in 3rd position for the 2019-2020 season, Stade-Rennais had the opportunity to participate in the first Champions League in its history last year. Unfortunately for him, it did not last long and he was not able to repeat this performance by taking only the 6th final place in the classification in Ligue 1. This classification still allows the Red and Black to play, this Thursday, the play-offs to qualify for the Europa League Conference against Rosenborg. For the moment, Bruno Genesio's men are struggling to embark on this new exercise. After being hooked by Lens during the first day, they had to concede the equalizer at the very end of the game against Stade-Brestois last week 1-1. On the other hand, they beat Rosenborg Thursday at home, in the first leg of the new Europa League Conference 2-0.
FC Nantes, for its part, remains on a particularly difficult last season marked by several changes of coaches and punctuated by a 18th place final. Also, the Canaries had no other choice than to go through the dams to keep their place in the elite and they succeeded thanks to their victory obtained against Toulouse in the first leg 1-2 and this, despite their defeat suffered on the return 1-0. Despite these trying recent months, Antoine Kombouaré's men have started this new championship rather well. After being able to snatch a point against Monaco during the first day, they took the measure of FC Metz last week 2-0.
On the Rennes side, captain Damien Da Silva (Lyon), world champion midfielder Nzonzi (AS Roma) and Brazilian Dalbert (Inter) are no longer there, nor the undesirable Clément Grenier (without a club) or the young Sacha Boey (Galatasaray). On the other hand, the defender Loïc Badé (Lens), the young Ghanaian Sulemana (Nordsjaelland) and the very good left side Meling (Nîmes) have arrived and are already holders. In addition, the latest recruits, midfielder Baptiste Santamaria (Friborg, ex-Angers), already titular Thursday, and the young Turkish goalkeeper Dogan Alemdar (Kayserispor) should be in the group. As in the first games, defender Gélin, the potential holder Jonas Martin who is in the recovery phase, and the unwanted Léa-Sliki, Maouassa and Mbaye Niang (discarded) should not appear in the group. The Nantes leaders sold this summer the precious midfielder Louza (Wolverhampton) and the little used Mendy (Angers) and Basila (Ostend, loaned to Nancy).
On the other hand, midfielder Wylan Cyprien was loaned by Parma and winger Osman Bukari arrived from Ghent. For this match, Antoine Kombouré will be deprived of Cyprien precisely, Coulibaly and Limbombé who are injured while Augustin and Bamba do not fit into his plans. Already very good last year, Ludovic Blas (11 goals, 4 assists) released his counter last week as did the international hope Kolo-Muani, regularly aligned on the right side.
Rennes vs Nantes Prediction
Somewhat incredibly, 18 of the last 22 Rennes home games in the top-flight have served up a minimum of four goals, with Nantes outscoring their opponents by 84 goals to 22 across these fixtures. Although they cannot compete with these numbers, it is still worth noting that seven of the last 17 Nantes away matches have followed suit.
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