Lyon vs Rennes: Preview, Team News, Probable Lineups, And Prediction
With three consecutive recent losses, Rennes will be devoid of confidence when they face Olympique Lyon in Ligue 1 this Sunday.
Sabri Lamouchi’s Rennes will travel to Lyon in their next Ligue 1 fixture on Sunday night. Olympique Lyon have confirmed their place in the quarter-finals of the French Cup beating Montpellier in the last round of the competition.
Rennes lost their last game against Guingamp on Sunday by 1-0 at home. Second half substitute Yeni N’Gbakoto scored the winning goal in the last minute of the injury time for Antoine Kombouare’s side. Both sides missed few good chances in the game, but at the end, Guingamp collected all three points against Sabri Lamouchi’s side.
Bruno Genesio’s side defeated Montpelier by 2-1 with two first-half goals by Gnaly Maxwell Cornet and Nabil Fekir in their last match in the French Cup. Gnaly Maxwell Cornet scored an opener in the 13th minute of the game.
French youngster Jonathan Ikone scored an equalizer in the 22nd minute for Montpellier, but after less than five minutes, Lyon restored the lead from the penalty spot converted by club captain Nabil Fekier. Bruno Genesio’s team are currently fourth in Ligue 1 with 48 points. Whereas their next opponents are tenth in the league with 31 points in their account.
Rennes have defeated Lyon twice in the last 12 meetings against them. Lyon have the better record against Rennes and have won six times against their counterparts in the same period. The last victory for the Saturday’s visitors came in the 2015-16 season.
Bruno Genesio’s side have already won the reverse fixture back in August by 2-1. Memphis Depay and Mariano Diaz were the goal scorers for the away side at Rennes. Benjamin Bourigeaud pulled one back in the 86th minute of the match but only counted as the consolation for the home side.
Striker Mariano Diaz is doubtful for the clash as the Spanish is carrying the foot injury. Brazilian left-back Fernando Marcal is still out due to the Hamstring Injury. Kenny Tete will miss the game on Sunday for the disciplinary action against him.
No major injuries for Sabri Lamouchi this time around. So, he can select the strongest side to play against the quality side. Club’s top scorer, Wahbi Khazri is expected to start against Lyon after failing to impact much in the last match against Guingamp. The Tunisian has scored eight goals for Rennes this season.
Lyon vs Rennes Key Facts
Lyon vs Rennes Lineup (Predicted XI)
Lyon Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Tete (RB), Marcelo (CB), Morel (CB), Marcal (LB)
NDombele(CM) Tousart (CM)
Traore (RW), Fekir (CAM), Aouar (LW)
Rennes Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Traore (RB), Gnagnon (LCB), Bensebaini (CB), Baal (LB)
Siliki (CM), Prcic (CM)
Bourigeaud (RW), Khazri (CAM), Sarr(LW)
Lyon vs Rennes Prediction
Rennes are a strong side on their day. They have recently put on an impressive game against the league leaders PSG in the semi-finals of the League Cup even though Sabri Lamouchi’s men were defeated by 3-2.
Seven-time Ligue 1 winners, Lyon have the quality to beat Rennes which they did in the matchday two in the league this season. We can expect Lyon to pull the result on their side on Sunday night.
Our Prediction: Lyon 3-0 Rennes