Rennes vs Caen
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 11th September
Kick Off: 16:00 BST
Venue: Stade de la Route de Lorient.
Rennes host Caen in Ligue 1 on Friday night priced as bet365’s 11/10 favourites to keep their push for a European placed finish on track with a win.
This price seems short.
Caen have, after all, been something of the surprise package of the Ligue 1 season. While Patrice Garande’s side succumbed to a disappointing 1-2 defeat at home against Lille last weekend, they prefaced that result with a run of two wins and two draws in the league and sit third in the table, just a point back from second-place Angers.
Indeed, Caen’s W9-D2-L6 record in Ligue 1 thus far positions them seven league places and six points better off than Friday’s opponents and the value in backing an away win is enhanced when one accounts for the fact that Garande’s men have won three and drawn one of their last six road matches in Ligue 1 where Rennes are winless in six on home soil, losing three and drawing three in that sequence.
It is also notable that Caen won this fixture 1-4 on the occasion of the sides’ most recent meeting in Ligue 1 back in January.
That said, Rennes prefaced January’s defeat with a run of three straight wins against Caen and Philippe Montanier’s team have only lost four times in 17 in Ligue 1 this term, winning five and drawing eight.
Rennes are beginning to resemble draw specialists this term and odds of 9/4 on this one ending level appeal.
However, I fancy Caen to capitalize on the hosts week home form to take all three points: the fact that Rennes have scored in five of their last six home fixtures makes backing an away win with both teams scoring and +2.5 goals appeal at 13/2 and 5/4.
Rennes vs Caen: Head-to-Head Stats
Rennes used to do well in this fixture but in the last 3 league meetings Caen have come out victorious which include winning 4-1 here in 2015. There is an 80% chance that we will see under 3 goals, a stat we can’t ignore.
Rennes vs Caen: Prediction
Caen will come to Rennes not to lose and so if they can perform this task they have a great chance to get something. We believe they can and we should be looking into the value of a Caen win on the handicap. Rennes are no pushovers especially at home but Caen have some recent history on their side and the chance to move up in Ligue 1. They will surely sweep the midfield with five players and play a frustrating holding game, making sure Rennes don’t achieve many chances.
Rennes vs Caen: Bet Tips
Caen to win with a +1 goal start at 4/5
Under 2.5 goals at 4/6