SlipsTips shares a selection form Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon, with Nantes' showdown with rivals Rennes under examination.
Nantes vs Rennes (Sunday, 14:00)
One of the many standout fixtures from Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon comes from the Stade de la Beaujoire as Nantes and Rennes do battle in the Breton derby.
Both of these sides were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday night, with Les Canaris losing 3-0 against Juventus, while the visitors came up short in a penalty shootout decider against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Closer to home, the pair have struggled for consistency of late, with Nantes falling to a 3-1 defeat at Lens last weekend whereas Rennes claimed a 2-0 win over Clermont Foot
As such, I'm going to bypass the outright betting here and I'm instead going to opt for an alternative angle by heading to the Total Cards market.
This fixture looks set to have all the ingredients required for a hard-hitting contest and it’s 4/5 with UniBet on this fixture featuring Over 3.5 Cards that caught my eye.
While Nantes have averaged 1.54 yellow cards per-game this season so far, and Rennes 1.58 per 90, I’m prepared to look beyond those respective figures here given that there's little love lost between these old foes
What’s more, referee Jérémie Pignard has been selected to take charge of this Derby de la Bretagne dust-up, an appointment that immediately had my eyes drawn to the card markets.
The French whistler was averaging a league-high 4.67 yellow cards per-game in Ligue 1 this season and you have to imagine he will be kept busy here in a game between such close rivals
It’s also worth pointing out that the aforementioned Pignard has flashed 4+ cards in a considerable nine of the 12 French top-flight tussles that he has taken charge of this term to date.
With all of this in mind, and given that the same bet is as short as 13/20 elsewhere, siding with Over 3.5 Cards at 4/5 (UniBet )stands out given that there is plenty of scoop for sparks to fly.
- Over 3.5 Cards – 4/5 (UniBet)