Ajaccio’s relegation to Ligue 2 was confirmed last weekend after suffering their 24th defeat of the season. However, they will be looking to end the campaign on a high, beginning with the trip of Europa Conference League-chasing Rennes.
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It has been a disappointing season for Ajaccio, as their relegation back to Ligue 2 was confirmed last weekend. The defeat means that they sit eleven points off the safety places, and there are just three rounds of matches left to play. They will still take some confidence from their performances this season, as they have registered six wins from their 35 matches. However, they have lost the second-most games of any side in the French top-flight.
Ajaccio also come into this fixture having failed to win in five previous matches, and they have lost three times over that period. Scoring goals has been a big issue for them throughout the season, and that has been evident in their recent home matches. Over their last five at Stade Francois Coty, they have failed to score. They could go six home matches without scoring for the first time in their history this weekend.
Rennes will have significantly more to play for this weekend, as they are chasing a Europa Conference League spot. They come into this fixture sitting a point behind Lille. But, they boast more impressive recent form than their rivals, as they have won three of their last five matches in Ligue 1.
Their defensive play has been a big asset throughout the second half of the season, as they have already kept eight clean sheets this calendar year. Only Reims has managed to keep more shutouts over the same period.
Ajaccio vs Rennes Head to Head
This will be the 28th clash between the sides in the top-flight. Rennes holds the advantage after recording 12 wins, while Ajaccio has landed nine victories. Interestingly, Rennes has scored exactly four goals in each of their last two matches against teams sitting in the bottom three places.
Ajaccio vs Rennes Prediction
The pressure will be on the visitors this weekend, as they desperately look for a victory to keep their European dreams alive. Ajaccio have struggled against the top teams throughout this season, and we don’t expect that to change on Sunday. Therefore, the preference is for Rennes to claim maximum points.
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