This Ligue 1 match is the quintessential story of two sides headed in very different directions.
AS Monaco, Lens and Stade Rennes are the lone squads in the French top flight that have not suffered a defeat in their past six matches, heading into this weekend.
Bordeaux, on the flip side, is skidding on a five-game losing streak, the longest in Ligue 1.
- Stade Rennes -133 at Bordeaux +350, Total 2.5, Sunday, 7 am ET
- Action: Stade Rennes -133
Rennes (15-10-9) is in seventh place with 54 points, one behind Marseilles and two trailing Lens, which is in the final spot for next season’s European tournaments. The Lens position is for a Europa League playoff berth. Lyon, with 67 points, is in fourth in Ligue 1, which secures a Europa spot.
So in this one, Rennes is the team that not only is on a steamroll but has everything to play for, with the financial benefits of participating next season in either the Champions or Europa leagues.
|Stade Rennes||-133||+270||O 2.5 (-105)|
|Bordeaux||+350||+270||U 2.5 (-114)|
Bordeaux (10-18-6), however, is in 16th in Ligue 1, two spots clear of a relegation playoff position. It has 36 points, Lorient possesses 35 and, in that relegation playoff spot, is Nantes, tied at 31 points with Nimes.
Bye, Bye Bordeaux
Bordeaux is slip-sliding toward that danger zone, on a slope that’s becoming steeper by the match. It is 1-12-1 over its past 14 games, and has been outscored 32-11 in that stretch.
Worse, for Bordeaux, is its recent track record against Rennes, which has a 4-1-1 edge, with a 7-2 goals advantage, in the past six meetings between these two teams.
But, even worse, Bordeaux has been losing at both halftime and full time in its past four games. If any team appears to have given up on the season, it’s Bordeaux.
Rennes Is Rolling
Stade Rennes, by contrast, is in stellar form. It is 5-0-1 in its previous six matches, outscoring those opponents 15-4.
Over the course of the entire season, though, Rennes has been attacking impressively. It averages 21.5 shot-creating actions per game, third-best in France (behind Lyon’s 25.71 and Paris Saint-Germain’s 24.12), and 23rd best in the Big Five of Europe.
Rennes, on the campaign, is No. 2 in France in possession (at 57%) and No. 3, behind Lyon and PSG, in shots per game, at 13.6. Its passing accuracy of 85.6% is second in Ligue 1.
All of which will be way too much for Bordeaux. In particular, central defender Gerzino Nyasmi and midfielder Jéremy Doku are in excellent form and will give Bordeaux plenty of headaches come Sunday.
Plus, 36-year-old French keeper Romain Salin (0.93 average goals against) is one of 15 keepers in the Big Five (England, Italy, Germany, Spain and France) who has allowed fewer than a goal per match this season.