The busy schedule with games every three days took its toll and Valenciennes won just one game in the last five rounds. With four key players injured including R Gomis, they travel to Rennes and the chances of leaving Stade de la Route the Lorient undefeated are lower than that the odds suggest.
Match: Rennes vs Valenciennes
Odds: Pinnacle 2.02
The hosts have been equally affected by the high games frequency, and they have two sidelined players themselves, with Pajot serving a two-game suspension and Boye struggling with an injury. Fortunately for them, both strikers are fit to play, and the starting formation will be a classical 4-4-2 with Erdinc and Pitroipa upfront. The two of them have scored a combined 11 goals and will pose serious problems for a defense that is suddenly struggling.
Valenciennes was toothless in their recent home game against PSG and not having Gomis on the pitch led to a pathetic display. Despite the fact that this is the team that has scored the most goals in Ligue 1, the midweek defeat serves as a reality check and coach D. Sanchez will focus mostly on defense tonight.
A draw tonight would keep both teams close of the leading pack, but Rennes won’t settle for a single point in front of its fans. The hosts have an excellent opportunity of winning against an otherwise stringy team and will try to take the initiative from the first minute. Pinnacle pays odds of 2.02 for a home victory, above the average and definitely enough to justify this bet.