Match Preview: Rennes 0-0 Montpellier Prediction and Betting Tips | France (Ligue 1)

Rennes – Montpellier betting tips for today, January 20, 2019

Kick-off: 15:00 Rennes – Montpellier
Football: France – Ligue 1
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.44
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 0:0 LOST

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Rennes will be hoping to complete a streak of three consecutive Ligue 1 (L1) home victories for the first time since October-December 2017, however their recent run of four-straight league wins to nil (home and away) came to an abrupt end midweek with a 2-1 loss at rock-bottom Guingamp.
Regardless, Rennes have scored at least two goals in their last five competitive home fixtures (W4, D1 – within ninety minutes), and can boast an outstanding H2H record in the top-flight against Montpellier at home (W17, D5, L8).
Interestingly, if the hosts don’t concede against Montpellier in this encounter, it will be the first time since March-April 2015 that any Rennes side has registered a clean sheet in three successive L1 home fixtures.
Though losers just three times in their last 17 away league games (W7, D7, L3), Montpellier are winless in their last five competitive matches (D2, L3), failing to score in three of them. Speaking of goals, Montpellier have conceded the opener in each of their last eight games (W1, D3, L4).
Comfortable away from home, Montpellier have lost only twice on the road this campaign (W4, D3, L2), and can boast the division’s third-strongest away defence (nine goals conceded).
Players to watch: Rennes top scorer Ismaïla Sarr has five L1 goals so far, but hasn’t found the net in his last five L1 appearances. Meanwhile, Montpellier’s Andy Delort, has seven goals and four assists in L1 this term – five were scored in the first half.
Stat attack: Rennes have scored in all but one of their last 16 L1 home fixtures.
The visitors have conceded seven of their nine L1 away goals during the second half, with six (67%) coming in the last half hour.
The hosts have scored the opening goal in five of the last six L1 H2Hs held at Rennes.

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