Prediction and odds for the game: Rennes (13/8) v Marseille (7/4)
We are backing the draw at odds of 11/5.
When: Friday 10th January 2020, Kick-off 7:45 PM
Where: Roazhon Park
Two of the top teams in the French top-flight meet on Friday night, as Rennes host Marseille at Roazhon Park.
The home side are experiencing a stellar campaign in Ligue One. Julien Stephan’s team currently occupy third spot in Ligue One and are five points behind the second-place visitors, but have a game in hand.
Rennes heads into the clash on the back of a five-game winning run in the top-flight. Last time out in the top-flight they recorded a 1-0 win over Bordeaux, which saw the home side keep a third clean sheet in four games in Ligue One.
Those recent clean sheets have been a big factor in their recent league matches being low-scoring, as three of their last four league outings have produced under 2.5 goals.
Stephan’s team have built their relatively lofty position in the table on good home form, as Rennes have won their last five matches on home soil. They have also found their feet in front of goal, scoring at least twice in four of those five recent home wins.
OM are currently the nearest team to runaway leaders PSG, who are seven points ahead at the top of the Ligue One table, while also having a game in hand on their rivals.
However, Marseille are likely to be happy to be best of the rest at the moment. Andre Villas-Boas’ team are on a strong recent run of form in the French top-flight, as they are unbeaten in eight league matches, having recorded an impressive seven wins.
In their last game of 2019, OM recorded a 3-1 home win over Nimes. The result means that the visitors have scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight Ligue One matches. Argentinian striker Diego Benedetto is OM’s top scorer with seven goals in 18 Ligue One appearances this season.
Marseille have a relatively inconsistent recent away record in the French top-flight. However, they are now three matches unbeaten in Ligue One on their travels, having recorded two wins. A 1-1 draw at Metz in their last away game ended a promising two-game winning run on the road for OM.
The recent meetings between these two sides have been nip and tuck. There has not been much between the pair, as four draws from the last six meetings illustrate.
Both teams head into this game in confident mood, so in reality, it could go either way this clash. However, we are backing the draw, as there is so little between the sides form wise. We are also backing the over 2.5 goals at odds of 11/10, as both teams have shown an eye for goal of late.
Verdict: Back the draw and over 2.5 goals at odds of 11/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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