Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Rennes and Lille take on each other at Roazhon Park in the Ligue 1 round 16. Les Rouges et Noirs look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive league win. Rennes aim to stay in the Champions League berth, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Defender Jeremy Gelin is sidelined with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
Les Dogues, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Nantes. Lille are paying price for playing on four fronts, with the team sitting in 13th place in the standings ahead of the trip to Brittany. Considering that Rennes have been in a splendid form in November, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed. Canada international Jonathan David should keep his place up front despite missing a penalty at the weekend, while all Gabriel Gudmundsson, Sven Botman, and Leo Jardim are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Dalbert Henrique):
Dalbert Henrique is a left-footed full back who plays for Ligue 1 side Nice. Born in Barra Mansa, Brazil, Henrique began his career in a local club Barra Mansa and in 2012 he moved to Fluminense. One year later the 182-cm-tall footballer joined Flamengo, but he did not play for “Mengao” at senior level.
Dalbert Henrique made his professional debut for Academio de Viseu and in 2015 he moved to Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal. After making 25 appearances for the Primeira Liga club, the left-back joined Ligue 1 side Nice in 2016. Henrique made his debut for les Aiglons on August 14, 2016 in a league match against Stade de Rennais. Dalbert, who was born on September 8, 1993, has yet to earn a call-up for the Brazil national football team.
The Brazilian player has a contract with Nice which expires on June 30, 2021. His main position is left-back (full-back), but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.