It’s one of the biggest games of the season for both Lille and Rennes as they scrap it out at the Stade Pierre Mauroy with the home side in seventh after a topsy-turvy run of form with Rennes moving into third after another win.
Just like last season, Rennes are continuing to impress in front of goal, with the club now scoring 28 goals and only being outscored by Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 table. This comes off the back of scoring 15 goals in their past five games, which has seen the club defeat Strasbourg, Nantes, Angers and Montpellier, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
Rennes are only behind Lens by three points and have a superior goals difference on the second-placed side. In truth, a title charge is unlikely for either of them given the form of PSG, but with second in France bringing in automatic qualification into the Champions League for next season, it is set to be an enticing battle between a bunch of clubs.
Lille beat Lens themselves earlier in October, and with the club also beating Strasbourg 3-0 and Monaco 4-3, Paulo Fonseca can be pleased with the run of form ahead of the World Cup break. On the other hand, by losing to Lyon, the club have dropped into seventh.
Jonathan David remains the main man for Lille, and he now has nine goals in 13 games and is only being outscored by Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, while his nine efforts meaning two more goals than Lionel Messi.