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Feb 3, 2021 at 6pm UK at Route de Lorient
Terrier (14')
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Boisgard (83')
Chalobah (87')

Preview: Rennes vs. Lorient - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Ligue 1 clash between Rennes and Lorient, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

After Lorient's most recent result brought Ligue 1 to a standstill, the Breton club now travel to Rennes on Wednesday looking to register three wins on the spin.

The fifth-placed hosts, meanwhile, lost their last outing 1-0 at home to new leaders Lille, finally breaking a seven-match unbeaten streak.

Match preview

Lorient manager Christophe Pelissier pictured in December 2020© Reuters

A dramatic final twist in Lorient's action-packed 3-2 win against PSG last weekend saw Nigerian striker Terem Moffi stride clear of the Parisians' defence as Mauricio Pochettino's side pushed for a late winning goal, to settle the game in style - against all the pre-match odds.

Remarkably, that goal was their second injury-time winner in just a matter of days - after they defeated fellow strugglers Dijon by the same scoreline earlier last week - and served to elevate Christophe Pelissier's men above the Burgundy outfit. Having returned to action for the first time since a devastating COVID-19 outbreak, Lorient now seem to have a new lease of life.

Up to a still-precarious 18th place, but glowing from their limelight-grabbing success - achieved despite the concession of two penalties, both converted by Neymar - Les Merlus are now set on inching out of the drop zone by taking a first step towards improving a woeful away record.

Lorient have proved easy meat for opponents when on the road this season, having posted only two draws and just one win in 10 trips so far. Currently on a six-match winless streak away, they have failed to win outside of their Breton base since October, against Reims.

Certainly, Pelissier will hope that his side's recent burst of goals can continue on Wednesday, as their forward line had previously underwhelmed this season. Only Yoane Wissa, match-winning hero Moffi and Pierre-Yves Hamel have made contributions of note so far, netting six, five and four times respectively.

Rennes' Clement Grenier celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 9, 2021© Reuters

Despite dominating possession at Roazhon Park last Saturday, Rennes were unable to find an equaliser to Jonathan David's early goal for Ligue 1 leaders Lille, who subsequently deposed PSG at the top of the table.

It brought to an end a stabilising spell of form for Julien Stephan's side, as they had turned their fortunes around since an abysmal winless run in late autumn. Nonetheless, with a game in hand, they remain within sight of the Champions League qualification places, but will need all their main men fully firing in the upcoming weeks.

One such star, France international Eduardo Camavinga, claimed in recent days to be "100% focused on the club" despite a change of agent to Gareth Bale's media mouthpiece Jonathan Barnett. Though Camavinga has a contract which runs until June 2022, he has scored only once and provided just two assists in 23 appearances at club level during the 2020-21 campaign, leading to talk of being distracted by rumours of a move to Real Madrid.

The gifted midfielder can prove his stated dedication in midweek, by helping Rennes to improve a record of just five wins and four losses from 11 home contests in Ligue 1 this term.

His side emerged victorious when these two sides last met, at Stade du Moustoir in December. That 3-0 win for Les Rouge et Noir should serve as a template for bringing a rejuvenated Lorient XI back down to earth with a bang.

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Lorient Ligue 1 form: LDLLWW

Team News

Rennes manager Julien Stephan pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Apart from the injured Flavien Tait and ill M'Baye Niang - who has been strongly linked with a return to Serie A - home manager Julien Stephan has a full hand to pick from.

Clement Grenier has thrived in support of striker Martin Terrier in recent times, with the pair likely to continue despite drawing a blank last time out.

Like Niang, on-loan Juventus defender Daniele Rugani could head back to Italy due to lack of playing time, as Gerzino Nyamsi and Nayef Aguerd are set to continue in the centre of Stephan's back four.

Most of Lorient's contingent affected by COVID-19 returned to action last week, but Paul Nardi and Vincent Le Goff are still recovering from the after-effects of the virus, so their involvement on Wednesday is uncertain.

As Christophe Pelissier must assess whether his returning players are ready for another 90 minutes so soon, he may rotate - with Trevoh Chalobah and Terem Moffi both in contention to make the starting lineup.

Quentin Boisgard is out with a groin strain for the visitors, while Stephane Diarra (knee) and Thomas Fontaine (achilles) remain unavailable too.

Rennes possible starting lineup:
Salin; Traore, Nyamsi, Aguerd, Maouassa; Truffert, Nzonzi, Camavinga, Doku; Grenier; Terrier

Lorient possible starting lineup:
Dreyer; Delaplace, Laporte, Gravillon, Morel; Lauriente, Le Fee, Chalobah, Wissa; Hamel, Moffi

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We say: Rennes 2-1 Lorient

Rennes can prove their relative class to break the Lorient spell this week, as Stephan's men boast enough ability to avoid faltering at home against lowly opposition.

The visitors' extraordinary trend of late winners must come to an end, with a long, hard-fought slog against relegation still in prospect this spring.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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