Rennes finished last season strong at home and picked up 15 points from their last six Ligue 1 home matches of the 2021/22 season here at the Roazhon Park. They also beat Lorient all three times they encountered each other last season. Therefore, 101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Rennes 3-0 Lorient and is available at odds of 8/1.
Alternatively, you can bet on any Rennes win at 2/5 against Les Merlus at home on Sunday. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £14. Or, back any away win for Lorient at 13/2 here at the Roazhon Park. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £75. You can also find odds of 4/1 for any draw between Rennes and Lorient on Sunday. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £50.
Gaetan Laborde is our tip for first goalscorer in Sunday’s match. The Rennes central forward scored 12 goals (or 0.39 per 90) in the French Ligue 1 last season, including two against Lorient, with an expected goals of 16.6 and is 9/2 to be the first name on the score sheet in this match. Or 6/5 to score at any time during Sunday’s game.
Les Rennais welcome Lorient to the Roazhon Park in Rennes on Sunday for this Ligue 1 match.
Stade Rennais finished last Ligue 1 season in 4th place, ahead of OGC Nice on goal difference in 5th. As a result, this earned them qualification into the UEFA Europa League. Rennes come into this match on a run of three home wins with clean sheets in a row carried over from last season. They shared the points in their last league match of the 2021/22 season away to Lille, in a four-goal thriller which finished 2-2.
Nayef Aguerd is likely the biggest departure for them this summer. The 26 year old centre-back has joined West Ham United for £31.50m. Mathys Tel, a 17 year old centre-forward, was the other big sale and leaves the club to join Bayern Munich for £18.00m.
Arthur Theate is the big name signing using the funds for them this summer. The 22 year old centre-back arrives from Bologna FC 1909 for £17.10m. Although Steve Mandanda, a 37 year old goalkeeper from Olympique Marseille on a free transfer, could be a shrewd piece of business.
Jeremy Doku (thigh) and Warmed Omari (groin) are the two main injury doubts for Rennes.
FC Lorient finished last Ligue 1 season in 16th place, four points ahead of 18th placed Saint-Étienne in the relegation play-offs zone. Les Merlus finished last season on a run of five league games without a win and shared the points in their last league match of the 2021/22 season at home to Troyes. The final score of the match was 1-1.
Lorient have strengthened the squad with four new faces over the summer. Montassar Talbi, a 24 year old centre-back, Darlin Yongwa, a 21 year old left-back, Gédéon Kalulu, a 24 year old right-back, and Yvon Mvogo, a 28 year old goalkeeper, are all expected to go straight into the squad for Sunday’s match.
Julien Laporte is their only doubt due to an injury for this match. The Lorient defender, who is no relation to Aymeric of Manchester City, made 33 appearances last season.