Our football match prediction:
Stade de l’Aube will host Saturday’s football match between Troyes and Rennes. Troyes return to the Ligue 1 and, no doubt, the team’s main goal is to secure the top flight survival. The newcomers were producing fine displays in pre-season and it has to be noted that they head into Saturday’s football game following back-to-back victories over Auxerre and Amiens. Mali international Adama Niane, who scored 23 goals in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign, will be the man to watch in the home team. Over the years Rennes have established themselves as a top-table side in Ligue 1, but they failed to book their place in European competitions last season. Former Lyon superstar Yoann Gourcuff is still part of the team and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in the opening match of the season. Seeing that Troyes are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two sides will share the spoils in Saturday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Mathieu Deplagne):
Mathieu Deplagne is a French right-back who plays for Troyes in Ligue 1. Deplagne began his youth career at FC Sussargues (1996-2000) and in 2000 he moved to Montpellier. The defender made his first-team debut with La Paillade in the 2011/2012 season and he played for the club until the summer of 2017. Mathieu Deplagne signed a three-year deal with Troyes in June, 2017 and the main reason why he left Montpellier is that he is hungry for a first-team football. The French footballer made only 19 appearances for Montpellier in the 2016/2017 season and he should establish himself as a first-team regular at Troyes. The 183-cm-tall footballer, who was born on October 1, 1991, has yet to earn a call-up for France national football team. It has to be noted that he made his 100th appearance in Ligue 1 against Dijon on January 14, 2017. Mathieu Deplagne’s preferred foot is right.
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.