Rennes – Marseille TIPS from insiders (13.01.2018)


Rennes and Olympique Marseille meet at Roazhon Park, in a match for the 20th round of League 1. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 10-09-2017, Rennes won out by (1-3 ). The history of direct matches played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 7 matches won 2, drew 4 and lost 1. However, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, in 12-13-2017, for the Coupe de la Ligue, Rennes only reached the victory by (4-3), in the shoot-off on penalties. B. André (23 ‘) and W. Khazri (57’) scored the goals of the game, for Rennes, and K. Mitroglou (13 ‘) and V. Germain (80’), for Olympique Marseille. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 9th and 4th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 16th ranked in home games and the 3rd as a visitor.


The home team is currently in the 9 th position of the league, with 25 points won, after 7 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against PSG, by (1-4). In the last match, they lost in an away match against AS Monaco, by (2-1). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. The team comes to this match after a home win against Toulouse by (4-2). For the league, Rennes won 13 points out of 27 possible points, after 4 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 9 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 9 matches). Their offense has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 19 matches in this competition, they only got 1 comeback in the 10 matches in which they suffered the first goal.

The Rennes is making a reasonable campaign in the French championship, because it is in the middle of the qualifying table, comes from 2 consecutive defeats, but comes moralized by the qualification for the next phase of the League Cup. The home team is characterized by having a reasonable attack, which already scored 24 goals and is the sixth best in the championship, while the defense suffered 26 goals and is the tenth worst, so it needs greater strength in the defensive sector to get better his position in the qualifying table. Playing at home, as in this Saturday’s game, Rennes won 4 of their last 5 matches and it is important to underline that in 5 of the last 7 games in their stadium they scored a maximum of 2 goals. For the match against Olympique de Marseille, coach Lamouchi has the return of midfielder André, who served a suspension on the last day and is a very important player in the team.


After 11 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses, the away team is currently in the 4 th position, with 38 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Troyes by (3-1), after in the previous match they have lost out in a match against Olympique Lyonnais, by (2-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, with 17 goals scored and 15 conceded in away matches, against 21 goals scored and 7 conceded at home. In the last match played, for the Coupe de France, they beat Valenciennes at home (1-0) at the end of the extra time. In the last 10 away league matches Olympique Marseille has a record of 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 18 points out of 30 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 19 matches in this competition, they only got 2 comebacks in the 7 matches in which they suffered the first goal.

Olympique de Marseille is making a good champion so far, but it has been quite irregular, alternating between good and bad results, so it needs more strength at the exhibition level to continue in the fight for a place in the next edition of the League of UEFA Champions The visiting team has a good quality attack, which already scored 38 goals and is the fourth best of the championship, while his defense suffered 22 goals and is the eighth worst. So he needs to improve on a defensive level to suffer fewer goals. In the condition of visitor, as in the game next Saturday, Marseille lost only 1 of the last 8 games he played and it is important to underline that he is the fourth team with the most goals scored in away games. For the match against Rennes, coach Rudi García must use the same starting line as the last day.

Insider TIP: Marseille to win – 2.00


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