Ligue 1 Third Place on the Line
Rennes is the only Ligue 1 team that won its last five games. That’s right, not even almighty PSG managed to do something similar prior to the international break. Another victory could mean moving up to second place.
Nice won two of its last five games, however, the Eagles are only two points behind Rennes. Don’t forget that Ligue 1’s third place is the last to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. That’s how crucial this game is.
If you were looking for a tempting underdog to include in your soccer picks, Nice could be the answer.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Ligue 1 odds for Nice vs Rennes. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Nice Seeking to Return to Winning Column
Prior to the start of the international break, Nice suffered a heartbreaking loss to Marseille. They went to the Velodrome and lost 2-1. That result made them fall to fourth place and losing again could send them to fifth.
Curiously enough, the Eagles recently eliminated Marseille from the Coupe de France with a crushing 4-1 victory, and they also eliminated PSG. The Parisians were their last opponent at Allianz Riviera in the Ligue 1 and the Eagles came through 1-0.
Those results combined with a +210 price, are what make them such a tempting underdog. The Eagles are no strangers to pulling off upsets. They were also soccer betting underdogs against PSG with a +375 price.
No major injuries to report here. Amine Gouri and Andy Delort, the team’s top scorers with 10 and nine goals, couldn’t be in better shape. Nice scored in each of its last four home games. Gouri and Delort have a lot to do with that.
Rennes Hot Streak at Stake
After losing to PSG on February 11, Rennes started an incredible winning streak. Besides getting the job done in five straight games, the Red and Blacks outscored their opponents 20-6. Four goals per game, that’s crazy!
Most recently, they crushed Metz 6-1 with Serhou Guirassy as the Man of the Match after scoring a hat-trick. Martin Terrier, the team’s top scorer with 16 goals, scored twice. Terrier is followed by Gaetan Laborde with 14 goals. That’s just another way to say that Rennes has talent to spare.
The Red and Blacks were eliminated from the Europa League 2 by Leicester City. If you ask me, that was the best thing that could have happened to them. Now, they can fully focus on getting a ticket for the UCL Group Stage.
The visitors (+130) deserve to control the Las Vegas odds, but their road numbers aren’t the best. They own a 5-3-6 record.
They can’t afford to lose because Marseille beating Saint-Etienne is very likely. If they were to lose, they would fall to fourth place and the gap with Marseille would increase to four-points. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but after this game, there will be only eight contests left to play.
Nice vs Rennes Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 102
- Nice Victories: 42 (154 goals)
- Rennes Victories: 33 (130 goals)
- Draws: 27
Their first meeting finished with a 2-1 victory for Nice. The Eagles went to Roazhon Park in December and pulled off the soccer betting upset. Kasper Dolberg and Youcef Atal scored for Nice, while Benjamin Bourigeaud did it for Rennes.
Nice owns a 5-4-1 record in its last 10 encounters with Rennes – tempting underdog alert!
Nice vs Rennes Game Information
- Date: Saturday, April 2nd.
- Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
- Location: Allianz Riviera, Nice
- Nice vs Rennes Live Stream: fubo.tv
Nice vs Rennes Betting Lines
|Nice||+½ -160||+210||2½-105o||1½+175o / 1½-220u|
|Rennes||-½ +130||+130||22½-125u||1½+120o / 1½-150u|
Nice vs Rennes Prediction
Games after an international break are always tricky, however, we’re talking about two teams rewriting history, so there’s no time for excuses. I expect both to reach their full potential by the second half, which I think will translate into a goal-fest. As I mentioned before, the visitors deserve to control the odds board, but the home side deserves respect. Rennes’ winning streak will become a non-losing streak because my betting online prediction is a draw.
Score Prediction: Nice 2, Rennes 2