FINAL Preview & Poll Down to the final two! West Ham and CxMacx10 are closing in on only the second-ever Serie double with a league title nearly clinched, while Stade Rennais and juanchoCT14 will be trying to secure Serie B's second consecutive Coppa Tradizione title. (CxMacx10) WEST HAM -- STADE RENNAIS (juanchoCT14) Road to the FinalFirst, let's run through how each team has fared this season and their path to the Final. West Ham Serie A: Currently 1st Place, 12-3-2, 46 GF, 24 GA, +22 GD, 39 points Coppa Group G: 1st Place, W 4-0 vs. Genoa, W 4-1 vs. Lokomotiv Moscow, W 4-1 vs. Bordeaux Coppa Round of 16: W 5-0 vs. Celtic Coppa Quarterfinals: W 1-0 vs. Marseille Coppa Semifinals: W 2-2 (5-4) vs. Real Sociedad Domination station. That pretty much defines the season West Ham is having right now. CxMacx10 is on the brink of winning his first Serie A title with the Hammers, as the club is currently just a few points away from clinching the title. The team is guranteed a top-2 finish, with only Anzhi still having a chance to steal away the title. Yet even though the Russian side has 2 games in hand, they sit 12 points back and face a nearly impossible path to the trophy. West Ham has averaged the second most goals per game in league play (and third most in all Serie-level leagues) and the least amount of Serie A goals conceded per game, creating a juggernaut on both sides of the ball. The club's 1.41 GAA makes them only one of three Serie A clubs with an average below 2.00. In the Coppa, West Ham throttled the "Group of Death." The club made it look easy- laying down the hammer on Genoa with a 4-0 win before also defeating group rivals Lokomotiv and Bordeaux by 3 each. West Ham crusied through the Round of 16 as well with a dominating 5-0 win, but then the road to the Final became quite difficult. West Ham barely squeaked by Serie B's Marseille with a 1-0 win. Lastly in the semifinal, West Ham needed an unpredictable penalty shootout to down Real Sociedad. West Ham won 5-4 on penalties that lasted for an astonishing 8 rounds, and now find themselves in the Coppa Tradizione Final looking at a potential TFS double. Stade Rennais Serie B: Currently 3rd Place, 9-7-2, 35 GF, 24 GA, +11 GD, 34 points Coppa Group F: 1st Place, W 3-1 vs. Parma, W 3-0 vs. Dinamo Moscow, D 2-2 vs. Sunderland Coppa Round of 16: W 3-0 vs. VfL Wolfsburg Coppa Quarterfinals: W 2-1 vs. Sao Paulo Coppa Semifinals: W 3-2 vs. QPR Ex-Serie A vet juanchoCT14 sat out the last few seasons before finally returning with Stade Rennais. Now in Serie B, the manager quickly found himself in a position for promotion. The club sits in 3rd place and cannot get to a higher place in the table, but could still finish in a tie for 3rd if Eintracht Frankfurt wins their final two matches. A tie would force a playoff to then determine who reaches the promotion playoffs. As far as goal scoring and conceding goes, the French club is currently tied for 4th in goals scored per game (1.94) in Serie B while also being 3rd in goals allowed per game (1.33). This gives the club a balanced approach, or perhaps slightly defensive one. But it's not as if the club has been losing either- they only have 2 losses on the season and were the last team to finally lose a match in all of the Serie leagues. Instead, a Serie B-high 7 draws has dragged down the club in the table (with the next most draws in Serie B being only 3). In the Coppa, Stade Rennais won their qualification group with 7 points. Wins over Parma and Dinamo Moscow put them on top early, and a draw with Sunderland tied the two atop the group. However, with a better goal differential, Stade Rennais officially took the top spot. The French club parlayed their first place group finish into a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg in the Round of 16. Stade Rennais then slided by Sao Paulo and QPR in defeating both by just a goal. Getting into the Coppa Tradizione Final was huge for the manager personally, not only because it is the Final, but because juancho lost in the Semifinals of the Coppa Tradizione in both Season 3 and 4 before retiring temporarily from TFS. Now with Stade Rennais, the manager will hope his current cup run won't end in another heartbreaking loss. Match AnalysisNext, we'll go through the clubs position-by-position to see where each team holds the advantage. GoalkeepersWest Ham: Jussi JaaskelainenStade Rennais: Benoit CostilJussi Jaaskelainen isn't the most talented of keepers, but it's hard to argue against his production thus far in Season 7. The West Ham keeper has helped West Ham maintan a low goals against average. And despite his low rating, he's currently in line to win the tournament's Golden Glove award, as he has posted 3 clean sheets already. As for Costil, he's clearly more talented than Jasskelainen, and comes close to producing the same level of production. Costil posted 4 clean sheets in league play and 2 in the Coppa, and his 6 combined clean sheets ties him with Jasskelainen in all competitions. With the production level being close, the different in talent level is going to have to separate this battle. Advantage: Stade Rennais DefendersWest Ham: Guy Demel, James Collins, James Tomkins, Gorge McCartneyStade Rennais: Romain Danze, Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, Onyekachi Apam, Chris MavingaFor West Ham, the defensive back four have played a major role in shutting down opponents this season. By allowing the least amount of goals per game (1.41) in top-flight Serie A, it can be argued that West Ham's defense is in the best form of all Serie teams right now. While not too overpowering, Collins and Tomkins combine to create a formidable central defense. McCartney appears to be the weakest link out of the 4, yet the defense is so good at minimizing their mistakes, it may not even matter who the proclaimed "weak link" is of the bunch. Stade Rennais has a solid defense as well, and their left back is also the lowest-rated defender of the bunch. Mavinga isn't the best defender out there, but he play will have to suffice for the French club. More importantly tho may be how the team deals with Andy Carroll. Carroll is known for his size, and thus it will be on Kana-Biyik and Apam to prevent any lethal headers. Apam is the shorty among the two, sitting at 5'9'', and thus could be the one falling victim to a West Ham goal. Considering West Ham has allowed only 4 goals in 6 Coppa games and appears to have less deficiencies, they clearly have the upper hand. Advantage: West Ham MidfieldersWest Ham: Alou Diarra, Matt Jarvis, Matthew Taylor, Yossi BenayounStade Rennais: Yann M'Vila, Jonathan Pitroipa, Romain Alessandrini, Julien FeretWith West Ham's midfield, the buildup can come from just about anyone. Diarra is more of a defensive presence, but with Jarvis and Taylor out wide, the two of them have combined for plenty of assists this season. In fact, Jarvis is tied for the most assists in Serie A with 12, while Taylor's 6 Coppa assists puts him one behind the leader. Benayoun, the attacking midfielder, is more of a dual-threat who can score or set teammates up. However, Benayoun has been outplayed by the outside midfielders Jarvis and Taylor this season. Benayoun's contribution, or lack there of, could be crucial in this matchup. As for Stade Rennais, they boast one of the best defensive midfielders in the league in Yann M'Vila. M'Vila's ability to help the defense in this game will be watched closely, as he has the impact to disrupt opposing attacks. Pitroipa and Alessandrini are more than serviceable midfielders on the outside, with Pitroipa having lightning-quick speed. With West Ham's slower pace, this will certainly pose problems. Feret carries the midfield though, as the midfielder is tied with the Serie B lead in assists (10) and leads the Coppa (7) as well. With the combination of a strong defensive mid, speed on the outside, and a playmaker up top, Stade Rennais has a complete midfield. Advantage: Stade Rennais ForwardsWest Ham: Andy Carroll, Modibo MaigaStade Rennais: Victor Hugo Montano, Mevlut ErdincThe man spearheading West Ham's strong play is striker Andy Carroll. Sure the giant never fit in over at Liverpool, but West Ham appears to be a goal-scoring haven for the Englishman. Carroll has scored 27 goals in all competitions thus far this season, including a Coppa-high 10 goals. Modibo Maiga isn't too bad himself, as he contributed 11 goals in league play. As for Stade Rennais, Erdinc is clearly the main man up top, but his stats aren't too daunting. Erdinc notched 10 goals in Serie B and 4 more in the Coppa. Montano has scored 5 times in the Coppa, but has just 3 goals in Serie B. With Carroll and Maiga each outproducing their counterparts, and arguably the best and most in-form player in Andy Carroll, West Ham's forwards are quite simply a force to be reckoned with. Advantage: West Ham Past MatchupsDespite both being Serie vets, the two have never been in the same level league at the same time. Both made the semifinals in the inaugural Season 3 Coppa Tradizione, but both lost and missed the chance to reach the Final. However, the two did meet just a season later at the stage where they had lost before- in the Season 4 Coppa Tradizione semifinals:Season 4 Coppa Tradizione, Semifinals: Wolverhampton (CxMacx10) 2, Sao Paulo (juanchoCT14) 1Overall: CxMacx10 1-0-0 juanchoCT14This sure turned out to be quite the match, and we can only hope for another one as suspenseful as this one in the current Season 7 Final. With a trip to the Final on the line back then, a 90th minute goal from Kevin Doyle pushed Wolverhampton on top. However, this game was back in February of this year with two different teams on FIFA 12, so let's just say a lot has changed since then. PredictionFirst off, make sure to vote in the poll here in this thread and feel free to post below with a predicted score or any other tidbits as well. As for me, I don't see West Ham cooling down anytime soon. After seasons of coming close to numerous titles, West Ham is poised to go all out with a TFS-double in winning league and cup. West Ham 3-0 Good luck to both of you!