Marseille will look to put an end to a poor run of form against Rennes on Saturday when they meet in French Ligue 1.
Stade de la Route de Lorient, Rennes, France 13 Jan 2018 4:00 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Rennes have won out over Marseille in four of the last five meetings.
Expert Verdict: It's been quite a while since Marseille have been able to get a victory over Rennes, and going away from home will be a tough ask for them to overturn that. But they have a great away record to go off of and are catching Rennes at just the right time after three consecutive losses. They can and should be getting the job done to stay in the hunt.
Sabri Lamouchi will be missing young winger Ismaila Sarr due to injury.
Attacking midfielders Yoann Gourcuff, the former Lyon man, was one of the most talented magicians on the blal in his generation. Had it not been for attitude and injury issues, he could still be a French regular today. Still yet, he's quite the danger man for his side, especially when paired with a man like Khazri. Look for him to be a factor in the outcome of this match.
Rennes have a win, three losses and a draw in their last five matches:
4-2 home win vs Toulouse
1-6 home loss vs PSG (Coupe de France)
2-1 loss at Monaco
1-4 home loss vs PSG
2-2 home draw, penalty win vs Marseille (Coupe de la Ligue)
Defenders:Traore, Gelin, Gnagnon, Bensebaini
Defensive Midfielders:Andre, Siliki
Midfielders:Bourigeaud, Gourcuff, Khazri
Rudi Garcia is missing defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara due to an injury.
It has been a hard season for striker Valere Germain since joining Marseille in the summer from defending champions Monaco. He was not first choice there despite his obvious quality and was assumed to be a great fit for the Olympians. However, things haven't gone smoothly all the time for him. But last time out, in their win over Troyes, he scored to equalize and will be looking to build upon that.
Marseille have three wins, a loss, and a draw in their last five matches:
1-0 home win vs Valenciennes (Coupe de France)
3-1 home win vs Troyes
2-0 loss at Lyon
2-2 draw, penalty loss vs Rennes
3-0 home win vs St. Etienne
Defenders:Sarr, Rolando, Rami, Amavi
Defensive Midfielders:Dias, Lopez
Attacking Midfielders:Thauvin, Sanson, Payet
Rennes have faced off against Marseille 46 times to date. Marseille have doubled the wins so far with 20 wins, ten draws, and ten losses. Here's a look at the last five results:
Dec 13, 2017: Rennes 2(P)-2 Marseille (Coupe de la Ligue)
Sep 10, 2017: Marseille 1-3 Rennes
Feb 18, 2017: Marseille 2-0 Rennes
Sep 21, 2016: Rennes 3-2 Marseille
Mar 18, 2016: Marseille 2-5 Rennes
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Rennes are at 14/5 to win, a draw is at 23/10, and a Marseille win is at evens.
Rennes enter round 20 of Ligue 1 play in ninth place with a total of 25 points to their credit so far. They have lost their last two matches and have a solitary point from their last three. They are six points clear of the relegation zone and well off the top four, so a finish in mid-table is looking very likely. Marseille are in fourth at the moment on 38 points. They have had checkered form in the last five Ligue matches with wins being sandwiched by a loss and a draw. They are three off Lyon for the final Champions League place.
The Red and Blacks have massively underachieved at home this term. They have just 13 points from nine matches to date and have drawn just one of those nine with four losses and four wins coming. They actually had won four in a row at home before their latest result came as a loss. The Olympians' away record this term has been one of the best in the league so far. They have 18 points from ten matches, but they have dropped points in three of the last five away from home. They have five wins and three draws in there.
Both teams to score is at 10/11 on Ladbrokes.
Marseille have a very recent loss to Rennes that they would very much love to avenge. They should do so with all of their additional weapons here to full effect on the way toward a win that will keep them in the hunt for the Champions League.