Last year’s top 3 contenders have had a wretched start to the new league campaign, so the match at Stade de la Route de Lorient will feel as an excellent opportunity to kick-start the season for both sides.
Rennes have long ago established themselves as one of the top sides in French Ligue 1 and they narrowly missed out on European qualification last term.
As a result, several senior players left the club, and they were replaced with talented footballers from Ligue 2, while Jean II Makoun also arrived on loan from Aston Villa.
However, les Bretons have been largely struggling at the start to the season, taking just 4 points from 6 league games, which saw them slip to the relegation zone.
The 3-2 Coupe de la Ligue victory over Nancy helped the players restore some of the lost confidence, with Frederic Antonetti’s side now 2.80 (9/5) with Ladbrokes to make it two in a row.
The hosts have no fresh injury worries, although Victor Montano and Chris Mavinga remain sidelined.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Costil – Theophile Catherine, Kana-Biyik, Boye, Danze – Makoun, Pajot – Pitroipa, Feret, Diallo – Erding.
The 2010/2011 Ligue 1 champions did well to achieve a third-place finish last term, but the club have experienced numerous problems at the start of the new season.
The departure of Eden Hazard cannot be seen as an excuse for the under-par showings, especially as the club signed some very good players in Salomon Kalou, Marvin Martin and Djibril Sidibe.
Nevertheless, les Dogues had a really slow start to the season, winning just 2 of their first 9 games in all competitions, with the 3-1 home defeat to BATE Borisov arguably the lowest point of the season so far.
Lille now hope to put an end to the four-match winless run in Brittany and they are 2.90 (19/10) with BetVictor to do so.
Salomon Kalou returns to the side from suspension, but Marvin Martin and Ryan Mendes both miss out through injury.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Landreau – Debuchy, Basa, Chedjou, Digne – Gueye, Mavuba, Pedretti – Kalou, Roux, Payet.