Two of Ligue 1’s most out-of-form teams go head-to-head when Marseille host Rennes on Wednesday at 6pm (UK time).
Marseille have won just one of their last 12 league games in a run that has seen them slip from title contenders all the way down to eighth in the table. Rennes, meanwhile, have taken just two points from their past seven games, losing their last four.
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Where to watch Marseille vs Rennes on TV:
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Scoreline prediction: Marseille 1-1 Rennes
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Marseille vs Rennes build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
A solid start to the season looked to have left Marseille with an outside chance of winning their first Ligue 1 title since 2010 but their form since the turn of the year has seen them plummet down the table. Since January 16th, Les Phocéens have taken just seven points from 10 Ligue games in a run that leaves them eighth, a massive 20 points adrift of the Champions League places. Adding to their embarrassment, Marseille exited the French Cup with a 2-1 defeat to fourth-tier side Canet Roussillon last time out and new boss Jorge Sampaoli has a real job on his hands to save this faltering season.
But things are even worse for Rennes, who have lost their last four Ligue 1 matches and managed just two points from their last seven games. Just like Marseille, the Red and Blacks have ruined a solid start to the season and now find themselves 10th in the table with little hope of challenging for European qualification. Adding to the calamity, Julien Stephan resigned from his managerial post recently and was replaced by Bruno Genesio.
Who will win out in this battle of managerial debutants?
- Marseille (vs Canet Roussillon): Pele; Lirola, Alvaro, Caleta-Car, Nagatomo; Ntcham, Kamara, Payet, Gueye*; Germain, Milik.
- Rennes (vs Lyon): Gomis; Traore, Nyamsi, Aguerd, Truffert; Martin, N’Zonzi, Grenier; Doku, Guirassy, Terrier.
Papa Gueye is suspended for this one while Marseille are also likely to be without the injured Valentin Rongier, who has a tendon problem. Jordan Amavi is also a doubt with a thigh problem.
Jonas Martin and Hamari Traore are both suspended for the visitors, who appear to be free of any injury concerns.
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Players to watch:
- Marseille: Coming in to try and recharge Marseille’s faltering season in January, Arkadiusz Milik has been in fine individual form for the French giants so far. Milik has two goals in four Ligue 1 appearances to his name since moving on loan from Napoli, while he also found the net against Canet Roussillon last time out, although he was unable to inspire his side to victory in any of those games. Still, scoring goals has been a real problem for Marseille recently so if Sampaoli can harness Milik’s ability in the penalty area, a surge up the table could be on the cards.
- Rennes: Similarly, finding the net has been a big issue of late for Rennes, who have scored just four goals in their last eight games across all competitions while they’ve registered more than one goal in a single game just twice since the turn of the year. Rennes have five players level on four Ligue 1 goals this season and among them is Martin Terrier, who netted their most recent strike in a 2-1 defeat to Nice at the end of February. Terrier also has a team-high four assists this season and his record of scoring two and setting up two since New Year is impressive when compared to the rest of his team. Genesio will need the 24-year-old in his best form heading into Wednesday’s clash.
Ligue 1 2020/21 recent form:
- Marseille: LDDWD
- Rennes: LLLLD
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