Lille vs Rennes Prediction and Betting Preview 22 Aug 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 1-1
Lille vs Rennes PredictionKicking off their 2020/2021 league campaign, French giants Lille play host to high-flying Rennes in a crunch French Ligue 1 clash at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday night, both sides looking to get their season off to a flyer. Expect a ballsy affair between these top sides come kickoff in Hauts-de-France.
Match status: 2020/21 Ligue 1 - Matchweek 1
Kick-off:
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d'Ascq)
Having established themselves as perennial midtable candidates over the years, Rennes raised the bar up a notch last season, pushing for a top-three finish. Taking us aback with their displays, Les Rennais amassed a whopping 50 points from 28 games to book a spot in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Lille did not exactly have the best of campaigns, missing out on CL qualification as they had to settle for fourth place. Following the curtailment of the season due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, Les Dogues could not muster a top-three fight.

Julien Stephan and his men will be kicking themselves for failing to qualify for Europe’s prime club competition, only one point separating them from third-placed Rennes. With a new campaign on the horizon, Lille will be looking to put last season’s woes behind them to muster a title challenge.

Lille vs Rennes Team News

As FFP resolved to bring the previous season to a close, Lille could not hide their disappointment as they took to social media to express their contempt. However, the decision had already been made, and there was nothing they could do to change that.

During the course of the campaign, Lille were in outstanding form, proving to be a huge force to reckon with amongst other sides within the cluster. Even though they were miles off table-toppers PSG, Les Dogues were clearly one of the better French sides.

Prior to the break in early March, Lille had been in terrific form, picking up six victories from their last seven games in the league. More impressively, Les Dogues managed to keep shutouts in five of these matches, highlighting their defensive strength.

You get the feeling that if the season had continued to completion, surely Lille would have usurped Rennes to finish third, perhaps even beating Marseille to the spot behind champions PSG. Nonetheless, the disappointments of the previous season should spur Galtier’s men to greater successes this term.

Also, LOSC have turned the Stade Pierre-Mauroy into something of a fortress in recent times, losing just twice on this ground. For all this excellence, Les Dogues struggled immensely during pre-season, suffering back-to-back 2-1 defeats to AZ Alkmaar and Brest in their previous two friendly fixtures.

Rennes, on the other hand, were the surprise packages of the 2019/2020 season, mustering a title challenge and ultimately clinching a Champions League spot. The entire fanbase was on cloud-9 as they watched their side make a grand entry to the CL for the first time in their 119-year history.

Travelling back memory lane, Rennes capped last season’s exploits with an emphatic 5-0 defeat of Montpellier Herault. Although they had been sporting a poor away record with only one win from their previous four outings, Stephan’s charges totaled 50 points from 28 games.

Interestingly, Rennes continued their brilliant run of form in pre-season, securing victories in four of their six friendly fixtures. Nonetheless, they will be concerned about the narrow 3-2 defeat to Nice in their most recent clash.

Injured or Suspended Players

Lille: Timothy Weah.

Rennes: No injuries or suspensions.

Pre-Match Odds

Lille: 2.344
Draw: 3.28
Rennes: 3.5

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.


Who will win the match?

Lille vs Rennes Predictions

The last meeting between these sides saw Loic Remy fire Lille to a narrow 1-0 victory on home turf. Taking on Rennes at this venue once again, Les Dogues will be hoping for a repeat of last term’s success. That said, the loss of star striker Victor Osimhen is likely to affect them going forward. As much as we might be tempted to tip the hosts for the win, they could fall short of expectations. As such, for the punters, we will tip both sides to get on the scoresheet come fulltime.
Our Betting Tip:
Lille Win @ 2.34
Correct Score:
Lille 2-1 Rennes @ 9.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 1.97
Match Winner:
Lille Win @ 2.34
Double Chance:
1X @ 1.35
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 2.38
Team Goals:
Home Over 1.5 @ 2.50
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