NICE v RENNES – COUPE DE FRANCE
December 4 2016, Allianz Riviera, 19:45 GMT+0
We had already seen 1st part of 1/32 finals of Coupe de France yesterday with no big surprises, although some of the favourites just managed to win, PSG won by just 1 goal to ES Wasquehal and Marsellie winning after penalties against Caen.
Today Nice hosts Rennes in 2nd part of 1/32 finals of Coupe de France, both of the teams are currently on the top part of domestic league table, with Nice being 2 points ahead of Rennes. But looking at league table is not a big factor when it comes to Cup competitions, as some teams prefer getting good results in league, whereas others see good performance in cup run as a priority.
We can label Rennes to be one of those teams, who prefer good results in cup run, as they managed to get to the finals in 2013/14, semi finals 2011/12 and got to 1/8 finals last year, where they lost to Monaco (1:3). On the other side Nice seems to prioritize league competition, as they do not have any mention able results in the cup run.
Looking at the form of both of the teams we can see Rennes are playing pretty well away from home, taking 17 points from 9 games, which is decent, comparing to Nice home record, with average 1.4 points/game. Taking that into consideration we can see playing away from home does not effect Rennes as much as we could expect.
Both of the teams won’t be able to use their full squad today, as some players are injured or suspended, for Nice those players are Maxime Le Marchand, Jeremy Pied, Niklas Hult, Pereira, Mahamane Traore, Mikael Le Bihan, Alessane Plea and Simon Pouplin.
Whereas the visitors will be missing Kamil Grosicki, Sitoe Mexer, Ntep, Mehdi Zeffane, Ludovic Baal, Pedro Mendes, Yoann Gourcuff and Dimitri Cavare.
Nice has a problem, because they are missing 2 of their defenders, and that will surely weaken the back line, and Rennes will surely use that in their advantage.
All in all Rennes seem as a favorite here, but because these two teams are really close, form and quality wise I recommend betting +0.25 on Rennes, as this match just might end in a draw, which is not rare in France cup matches.
Prediction: Rennes +0.25
Odds: 1.83 PINNACLE