Rennes have the opportunity to go top of the league when they host promoted Ligue 1 side Le Havre this afternoon. Should Bruno Genesio’s side gain 7 points out of a possible nine, it would be their best start to a Ligue 1 campaign in four years. After an inspired cameo away at Lens (1-1), experienced midfielder Nemanja Matić (35), whose departure from AS Roma was certainly not to the liking of José Mourinho, is due to start for his first outing at the Roazhon Park.
Jérémy Doku’s club-record €65m sale to Manchester City means that Ludovic Blas is expected to fill in as the right-sided forward from now on. Meanwhile, Genesio will have to do without Warmed Omari against Le Havre. The centre-back sustained a hamstring injury at the end of the week. Christopher Wooh is therefore due to partner sought-after Belgium international Arthur Theate, whose departure looks increasingly unlikely. France international Adrien Truffert has returned from injury and should get the nod to start at left-back. Rennes v Le Havre is set to start at 1pm CEST.
Rennes likely XI v Le Havre
Steve Mandanda – Lorenz Assignon, Christopher Wooh, Arthur Theate, Adrien Truffert – Benjamin Bourigeaud, Nemanja Matić, Enzo Le Fée – Ludovic Blas, Arnaud Kalimuendo, Amine Gouiri
GFFN | Bastien Cheval