Stade Rennais vs OGC Nice – 02/01/2023
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The final match to be played in Ligue this weekend takes place on the 2nd of January and is a meeting between Stade Rennais and OGC Nice.
The game will be played at Roazhon Park and the hosts begin this round of fixtures in 4th place on 31 points while the visitors are in 9th place on 21 points.
— Stade Rennais F.C. (@staderennais) December 29, 2022
Stade Rennais come into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Reims in Ligue 1. Stade Rennais found themselves 2-0 down after only 22 minutes but pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time.
Into the second half and any hope of Stade Rennais taking something from the match evaporated when Reims scored their third goal 6 minutes from time.
That result means Stade Rennais have won 1 of their 3 most recent league games. The victory came at home over Toulouse in the final fixture before the World Cup and prior to that win, there was a 1-1 draw at Lille.
Trends show Stade Rennais have been difficult to beat in Ligue 1 and they are undefeated in 11 of their 12 most recent league fixtures.
A series of 7 consecutive home Ligue 1 wins mark Stade Rennais’s latest record and they are unbeaten in 20 of their last 24 home matches in Ligue 1. Stade Rennais have scored 2 or more goals in each of their last 7 home league games.
OGC Nice make the trip to Roazhon Park having previously been held to a 0-0 draw at home by second place RC Lens. It was a second successive draw in the league for OGC Nice following the 1-1 draw at Lyon prior to the World Cup.
OGC Nice have proven tough to beat in recent Ligue 1 games and they are undefeated in their last 7 matches. There have been wins over Troyes and Brest at home plus Lorient away.
OGC Nice have drawn 4 of their last 6 Ligue 1 fixtures, picking up a point against Auxerre and Lyon away plus Nantes and RC Lens at home.
Away form in the league shows OGC Nice are undefeated in 5 of their last 6 matches on the road. Both teams have scored in 5 of those 6 games and the defeat was a narrow 2-1 loss at league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Team news and Stade Rennais have just one injury concern, with Desire Doue unavailable due to an ankle problem.
OGC Nice travel without the injured trio of Mattia Viti, Youcef Atal, and Marcin Bulka. They also have doubts over the fitness of Aaron Ramsey.
This should be a closely fought contest and we expect to see both teams find the back of the net. Stade Rennais have a strong recent home record but OGC Nice have proven difficult to beat of late, meaning this one could end level.