Stade Rennes - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Visitors aiming for fourth straight league win as they seek a late charge for a Champions League place
Remi Garde's side are within sight of a place in the elite's tournament after a recent run of good form as they encounter a Rennes side, who also have European aspirations
By Mohammed Ali
Danze, Kana-Biyik, Boye, Catherine
Kembo-Ekoko, Feret, Pitroipa
Reveillere, Lovren, Umtiti, Cissokho
Kallstrom, Grenier, Gonalons, Bastos
Rennes coach Frederic Antoinetti is without the services of captain Kader Mangane, who underwent season-ending surgery and will miss the remainder of the campaign. Vincent Pajot is another absentee for les Rouge et Noir, who are expected to field the same line-up as in the 0-1 defeat to Valenciennes. Thierry Doumbia will also miss the game due to suspension.
Remi Garde also has a few worries of his own ahead of the trip to Stade de la Route de Lorient. Captain Cris is out for the next few weeks through a thigh injury, with Bakary Kone will not feature due to a suspension.
Samuel Umtiti will replace the duo in the heart of defence alongside Dejan Lovren, with Alexandre Lacazette also missing the game for receiving three yellow cards in less than ten games.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Stade Rennes have only lost one of their last eight games against Lyon.
- Les Rouge et Noir could complete their first league double over Les Gones in 46 years should they win.
- Frederic Antoinetti's men are the only side to have scored more goals on the road (19) than at home.
- Lyon have won their last three games, and four in all competitions since their Champions League exit at the hands of APOEL Nicosia.
- Les Gones have won just thrice in their last eight away games.
- Remi Garde's side have managed the least number of draws in Ligue 1 this season (four).
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Rennes 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
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|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||Feb 3, 2014||Rennes 2 - Olympique Lyonnais 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||Sep 16, 2013||Olympique Lyonnais 0 - Rennes 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||May 27, 2013||Olympique Lyonnais 2 - Rennes 0|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||Aug 12, 2012||Rennes 0 - Olympique Lyonnais 1|
|France - Ligue 1 (Lig1)||Apr 2, 2012||Rennes 1 - Olympique Lyonnais 1|
|Mar 16, 2014||Rennes 2 - Toulouse FC 3||Lig1|
|Mar 9, 2014||Valenciennes FC 2 - Rennes 1||Lig1|
|Mar 2, 2014||Rennes 0 - EA Guingamp 2||Lig1|
|Feb 24, 2014||FC Nantes 0 - Rennes 3||Lig1|
|Feb 16, 2014||Rennes 2 - Montpellier Herault SC 2||Lig1|
|Mar 14, 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 4 - FC Viktoria Plzeň 1||EL|
|Mar 10, 2014||Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - Olympique Lyonnais 2||Lig1|
|Mar 3, 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 0 - Montpellier Herault SC 0||Lig1|
|Feb 28, 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - Chornomorets 0||EL|
|Feb 24, 2014||LOSC Lille Métropole 0 - Olympique Lyonnais 0||Lig1|
|28||Kevin Theophile Catherine||Defender|
|9||Michel Fernandes Bastos||Midfielder|