25 May 2019
Rennes and Lille go head-to-head at Roazhon Park in the final round of Ligue 1 fixtures.
Unbeaten in their last four Ligue 1 outings (W1, D3), the hosts hope to post their first league home victory since the beginning of March. A comfortable 2-0 away win over Strasbourg last time out has helped Rennes to snap a seven-game winless L1 streak (D5, L2), as they now seek back-to-back L1 wins for the first time since February. Interestingly, four of Rennes’ five stalemates since April have seen both teams score, with three of them featuring two or more goals on both ends. Les Rouges et Noirs’ inability to keep a clean sheet could be their main problem here, considering Julien Stéphan’s men have conceded at least one goal in eight of their previous ten home games across all competitions.
The well-deserved second-place finish has seen the visitors secure 22 wins in 37 L1 fixtures, as they come into this encounter after racking up an eight-game league unbeaten run (W5, D3). Notably, three of those wins have seen Les Dogues score precisely five goals per match, although all have come at home. Stubborn at the back, Christophe Galtier’s players have kept four blank sheets in their last five league outings, which could be a major influence here. Lille have not only failed to beat Rennes at this venue since 2010, but they’ve lost six of their previous ten visits here (D4, L6), preserving a clean slate only once along the way.
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