With ten games scheduled for the same time, the French Championship has its nineteenth round, the last of the first round of the 2017/2018 season, on Wednesday, December 20th. At stake is the tournament’s runner-up. Monaco, who are in contention, host Rennes at the Luis II stadium. The kickoff is scheduled for 17:50.
Monaco’s recent performance
The Monegasque took the lead with a 4-0 win away to St. Etienne on the day of the 18th. With 38 points (12 wins, two draws and four losses), they beat Lyon, who beat Olympique de Marseille by 2 to 0 and reached the same score, in the goal balance. The difference between them, however, is minimal. The Monaco has a balance of 26 against 25 of the rival.
That way, even the win on Wednesday may not be enough to leave the team in the runners-up of the competition during the holiday season. After the round of Wednesday the tournament will be paralyzed and resumed only on January 13. It will not be a period without games, as teams in the competition of the French League Cup and the French Cup will have commitments before the resumption of the Ligue 1 match.
To reach second place in the first round, Monaco also depends on the performance of Lyon, who will visit Toulouse on the last round of the first round. That privilege, however, only gains some prominence due to the lack of competitiveness of the tournament since the Paris Saint-Germain, with 47 points, is shot in the lead and will hardly miss the opportunity to take the French champion trophy to his gallery.
Lyon is not the only obstacle in this fight. The Monegasque struggle against many physical problems in their cast. They are in treatment of injury the defender Julien Serrano (without performances in season 2017/2018 of the French Championship); Youri Tielemans (12 matches, no goal) and Adama Traore (three matches, three goals); and the attackers Stevan Jovetic (six games, two goals) and Jordi Mboula (without performances).
The current form of Rennes
Paris Saint-Germain was the rival of Rennes the previous day. Even at home, the team was unable to hold the capital team on Saturday, December 16. It took 4 to 1. With 25 points (seven wins, four draws and seven losses), he fell to seventh place.
The difference for fourth place, Olympique, which closes the zone classification for European tournaments has not changed. As the Marseille team were beaten by Lyon (2 to 0), they remain separated by ten points.
To try to initiate a reaction that can take it to the dispute of the next edition of the Europa League, the Rennes also has problems of contusion to administer, although in smaller number. They are in treatment of injury the defender Namakoro Diallo (without performances in the edition 2017/2018 of the Ligue 1); midfielder Sanjin Prcic (four games, no goal); and striker Ismaila Sarr (seven games, one goal).
Low right for the match is half Benjamin Andre (17 games, two goals). He was sent off in the match against PSG and will have to comply with automatic suspension.
History of the bouts between Monaco and Rennes
Monaco defend an unbeaten run of seven games against Rennes. He won four duels and tied three times. The most remarkable game of this series was the 7 to 0 applied in the Principality, in match for the Glass of the League of France.
Although it coexists with a great number of contusions, the Monaco has enough technical reserve to be appointed as best bet option for the game against Rennes. The price is 1.38 in Rivalo. Draw has a return of 5.00 and successful visitor yields 7.50 per real invested.