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Preview: Rennes – Marseille

Marseille are currently fourth in Ligue 1 and today they will be looking to move closer to the top of the table, as they travel to 9th-placed Rennes.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

It is often the games against mid-table sides that are more difficult than those against the top-half teams. The unpredictable nature of these contests keeps everyone guessing as to which team will turn up on matchday! This is the predicament for Marseille who travel to Rennes as action resumes after the Christmas break in Ligue 1 (L1).

The hosts are ninth in the table after 19 games (25pts), and are just six points from the bottom three. Having said that, this L1 season is water-tight in the mid-table as teams from sixth to eighteenth are separated by just eight points! Considering the number of teams around them, it would take a miracle to drag Rennes down.

The visitors though, are riding on high hopes, and are in contention to qualify for next season’s Champions League (CL). Marseille have taken 38 points from 19 games, which is a mere three points less than second-placed Monaco. With the L1 title out of reach for all practical purposes, the visitors are gunning to be the next best!

Rennes are winless in their last three L1 matches (W0, D1, L2), although the losses have come against Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. Their home form is satisfactory, as Rennes have lost only once in their last five league home matches (W4, D0, L1).

Up against them is a Marseille side that is brimming with confidence. The visitors have lost just once in their last 13 matches (W8, D4, L1). However, their away form has been patchy, throwing a spanner in their progress. They have won just twice in their last six games on the road (W2, D3, L1).

Key battles: One side’s Jack is another side’s King! Premier League flop Wahbi Khazri has been making waves with Rennes, scoring six goals in just 11 appearances since his loan move from Sunderland. Marseille have Valere Germain in their ranks, who has scored three goals in his last three L1 fixtures, which is as many as in his previous 30 L1 games.

Stat attack: Rennes have won only one of their last nine home games in L1 against Marseille (W1, D5, L3). Historically, this fixture has seen goals galore, with Rennes having scored at least three goals in three of their last four L1 games and Marseille finding the net in each of their last 12 L1 away games at Rennes.

 

Missing players

Rennes: N. Diallo (doubtful), S. Prcic (doubtful)

Marseille: B. Kamara (ankle injury), G. Sertic (injury).