Match : Nantes vs Rennes Competition : France – Ligue 1 Time / Date : 20:30h / 20 April 2018 Venue : Stade de la Beaujoire
Nantes declining season was underlined with another draw last weekend at home to Dijon and the club have not tasted victory now since the middle of March. They have the luck to play at home again against a more capable team in Rennes on Friday evening.
Nantes slipped down to 9th place, but it is worth remembering that their season is not over. They are 2 points adrift of 5th place which would be good enough for the Europa League next season. But recent home form has been poor with just 1 win in their last five games.
Having lost just once in their last nine outings, Rennes are now in 5th place and they look to have as good a chance as any team of staying in that position come the end of the season. After addressing their chronic lack of goals in 2017/18, the side in red and black have been a much more attacking side, mainly due to the performance of on loan playmaker Wahbi Khazri, who has scored nine times and provided countless assists. Rennes supporters will certainly be hoping that his move from Sunderland is made permanent.
In 29 previous meetings, Nantes have won 12 games, Rennes have won 11 and six have been drawn.
Nantes are missing some key personnel and are low on confidence. The pressure will be on them to win in front of their home fans and Nantes don’t do pressure very well.