La Paillade travels to Rennes this Sunday hoping to avenge their defeat to Lille. The Ligue 1 match between Montpellier HSC and Stade Rennais FC kicks off at 16:05 (GMT +1) at Stade de la Mosson.
Montpellier Falls to Lille Despite Early Lead, Struggles at Home Ahead of Rennes Match
Montpellier fell to Lille by 2-1 last weekend despite taking an early lead through Issiaga Sylla [24′]. But Lille counterattacked with two goals within two minutes from Jonathan David [70′] and Remy Cabella [72′], turning the tables. Montpellier have suffered consecutive defeats, WWDLL, leaving them in 13th place with 37 points from 11 wins, 4 draws, & 16 losses in their 37-point campaign so far. Montpellier will travel to Rennes this weekend hoping to regain winning form and get back on the right path to glory. Montpellier have suffered at the hands of Rennes in recent weeks, losing six out of seven games against them [1W, 0D & 6L] while also suffering defeat at their own stadium three times out of five home matches [1W, 1D & 3L]. Furthermore, La Paillade have struggled at home this season; losing half of their 16 home matches (6W, 2D & 8L). Only Ajaccio and Angers have suffered more home defeats [11 each]. Michel Der Zakarian took on his managerial responsibilities in February and went on an eight-game unbeaten streak before suffering two consecutive defeats. Now the 60-year-old hopes that his side can keep things tight at the back in order to return to winning ways and secure its own future success. Home side Lyon have scored in each of their nine league games since Zakarian returned to the club, scoring at each opportunity since. He lined up a 4-2-3-1 formation against Lille with Elye Wahi up top, which should continue against Rennes on Saturday. Meanwhile Maxime Esteve, Theo Sainte-Luce and Beni Makouana remain sidelined due to injuries.
Rennes Secure 6th Place in Ligue 1 With Emphatic 3-0 Win Against Stade de Reims
Rennes came back from back-to-back losses with an emphatic 3-0 win against Stade de Reims last weekend. Jeremy Doku scored twice and Arthur Theate chipped in late with one final goal for Rennes. After winning their 26th league game of 2021-22 (54 points) Les Rennais have secured sixth place with 53 points from 16 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses; two behind Lille in fifth. Only in 1998-1999 (56) and 2021-22 (56) did Rennes amass more points after 31 league matches, ultimately finishing fifth and fourth, respectively. Bruno Genesio deployed a 4–1–4-1 formation featuring Arnaud Kalimuendo in attack for their win against Reims, and is set to do it again against Metz. Left-back Adrien Truffert suffered an ankle injury which sidelines him for the remainder of the season along with Martin Terrier; Lorenz Assignon and Xeka have also been sidelined due to injury.