Our football match prediction:
Sunday’s football match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pits together Saint-Etienne and Rennes. Les Verts have been producing splendid performances in the Ligue 1 so far this term and, as a result, they sit in third place in the standings ahead of Matchday 7. Saint-Etienne are eyeing a place in European competitions and their display in a 1-0 win over Dijon is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of upcoming challenges. It is well known that les Verts have turned their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to record their third home win of the season. Rennes, on the other hand, did remarkably well to crush Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome in their last away game in Ligue 1, but Nice proved to be a big catch for les Rouges et Noirs at the weekend. Taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Cheikh MBengue):
Born in Toulouse on 23 July, 1988, Cheikh M’Bengue started his youth career at FA Roques. In 1996 Toulouse scouts spotted him and he soon joined the French team. The 182-cm-tall left back made his Toulouse debut on 15 September, 2007 against Marseille, coming from the bench in the second half of the match. A week later he made his first start for les Pitchouns in a 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne. In 2013 he moved to Rennes and after spending three years at the club he joined Saint Etienne on 20 July, 2016 on a free transfer. His contract with les Verts expires on 30 June, 2019. Cheikh M’Bengue was born in Toulouse and as a result, he played for France U21 team in the past. However, seeing that his parents are of Senegalese descent, he decided to represent the Lions of Teranga at senior level. The Saint Etienne defender made his Senegal debut in June 2011.
Highlighted Team (Stade Rennes):
Stade Rennais Football Club or simply Rennes are a French football club which was founded on March 10, 1901. The club is one of the founding members of the French Ligue 1 and they are nicknamed Les Rouges et Noirs. Roazhon Park is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold 29.778 people. Rennes have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they won Coupe de France title on two occasions (1964/1965, 1970/1971). Speaking of Coupse de la Ligue, les Rouges et Noirs made it to the final of the competition in the 2012/2013 season, but they were beaten by Saint Etienne (1-0) in the title game at Stade de France. A number of top-class footballers played for Stade Rennais Football Club in the past and the likes of Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann M’Vila, Moussa Sow and Jimmy Briand are considered the club’s most notable players. Rennes footballers wear black and red jerseys when playing at home, while they wear white when playing on the travels.