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OL - Rennes : Get back on the right path (Sunday, 17h)

Published on 15 December 2019 at 6:00 AM
OL - Rennes : Raccrocher le bon wagon (dimanche, 17h)
This Sunday, OL will host Stade Rennais for the 18th matchday of the French championship. A big winner away to Nîmes last week (0-4), Les Gones must continue to chase the top of the rankings and ward off bad luck against a recently successful Rennes at Groupama Stadium.

The context

A welcome success. Last Friday at the Stade des Costières, OL easily disposed of  Nîmes Olympique (0-4). Quickly reduced to 10 and then to nine, the hosts could not do much against a committed Lyon side who, thanks to this success, rose to seventh place in the ranking (25 points). The idea of a turnaround still needs more, though as the results of the club of Jean-Michel Aulas are currently lacking consistency, and the arrival of Stade Rennais represents an excellent test just a stone's throw away from the winter break. Lyon must be careful though: both clubs played in the European Cup this week. Being always a drain on energy levels, Europe could be an important parameter to take into account.

 

The challenge

Again and again, the challenge remains the same. After OM's success against Bordeaux on Sunday evening (3-1), Les Gones are nine points behind their Olympic rivals. If nothing has obviously been decided at this point in the season, it would be prudent to start a winning streak to put pressure on the pack in front and have the hunter take advantage over the hunted. Moreover, Rennes are one of those ahead of Lyon; fourth in the table, the Bretons would be passed by OL if the hosts are successful on Sunday. Each point, each place gained is important to take and finishing 2019 in good form would allow to better the team to better prepare for the first year of the new decade.

 

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The opponent

On the Rennes side, morale is high. Since defeat away to Dijon (2-1) on November 23, the players of Julien Stéphan  have won three straight in the championship: against St-Etienne (2-1), Metz (0-1) and Angers (2-1). However, it is interesting to note that the season for Clément Grenier's teammates is divided into three acts for the moment: a strong month of August, two very complicated months thereafter (10 matches without a win in all competitions) then a revival in the league since the beginning of November, despite a very poor finish in the Europa League. This instability could yet benefit the locals, despite an important statistic: in four games, Rennes have won three times at Groupama Stadium, the opposing team that has the most success there with, aside from LOSC.

 

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