European NAP: Brittany boys too good to turn down

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NINE winners from his last 11 European NAPs, Mark O’Haire (@MarkOHaire) returns to attack Ligue 1 on Saturday night.

Rennes v Bastia | Saturday 19:00

Rennes

  • Rennes lost 7-0 to Monaco in midweek but the Brittany team fielded a much-changed team and little attention should be paid to such a result.
  • Rennes head coach Christian Gourcuff is concentrating on Ligue 1 football with the club keen to claim European qualification.
  • Rennes lost 1-0 at Lyon last weekend but were much the better team, dominating the performance data – an impressive display considering the side tend to toil away.
  • Rennes have been outstanding at their Roazhan Park home this season – W7-D2-L0, keeping 6 clean sheets.
  • Rennes welcome back Pedro Henrique and Ramy Bensebaini from suspension. Clement Chantome is also close to a return.
  • Rennes have won 8/11 home games against bottom-six sides.

Bastia

  • Bastia do their best work in Corsica and are traditionally poor travellers – this season they’ve W1-D1-L6 away from home.
  • Bastia have kept 1/8 away clean sheets and failed to score in 4/8 away.
  • Bastia have lost 9/16 away games under current coach Francois Ciccolini.
  • Bastia have lost 9/11 away to top-six teams – 6 of those 9 defeats were by a two-goal margin or more.
  • Bastia have lost 70% of their last 42 away trips to top-half teams – failing to score in 23.
  • No Ligue 1 side boast a lower percentage of shots attempted from inside the opposition penalty box.

Best Bets

Rennes v Bastia – Rennes to win (17/20 Sportingbet)

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After starting his career in newspaper journalism, Mark soon found his way into the online betting world, forging a career in content, social media and marketing production. With a huge passion for stats, the Football League and European football, Mark’s other interests include playing rugby, following his beloved QPR and travel.

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