Preview - Rennes vs PSG 23 September 18

Started by Harry85, Sep 23, 2018, 07:21 AM

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Match Day 6
Rennes vs Paris Saint Germain
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Last five matches form: L W D W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.40
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.40
Top Scorer 17/18: Ismaïla Sarr (2)

Paris Saint Germain:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 3.40
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.80
Top Scorer 17/18: Kylian Mbappé & Neymar (4)

PSG bid to continue their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season this weekend as they travel to take on Rennes. Will they be able to refocus in time following that disappointing last gasp defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League?

PSG won this fixture 4-1 last season. Rennes did gain their revenge when winning 2-0 at the Parc des Princes though, although that did come in a pretty meaningless end of season game when PSG already had the Ligue 1 title well and truly sewn up.

Adrien Hunou misses out for the home side. Layvin Kurzawa and Dani Alves are injured for the PSG who must also do without the suspended Kylian Mbappé.

Rennes are two from two at home this season having beaten both Angers and Bordeaux. This represents a big step up in class though.

Not an ideal scenario for PSG this, coming into the game on the back of an arduous and ultimately disappointing game in the Champions' League and also without the world class Mbappé. There are plenty of other superstars in this side though, with Neymar in particular having begun the season in fine form. Overall the class differential between the sides makes it difficult to see anything other than an away win in this one.

Prediction: Rennes 1 - 3 Paris Saint Germain


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  14 - 14
Shots on target: 8 - 7
Corner Kicks: 9 - 4
Possession: 45% - 55%

Ramy Bensebaini and Hamari Traore had their names taken by referee Hakim Ben el Salem Hadj for the home side, with PSG's Julian Draxler, Juan Bernat and Adrien Rabiot also seeing yellow.

Rennes played pretty well here, matching PSG in the shots count. Ultimately though it was PSG's greater quality in then final third which decided the destination of the points at Roazhon Park.

It was the hosts who struck first though, with a little help from PSG's Adrien Rabiot. A corner from the left being flicked on by Mbaye Niang and deflecting in off a helpless Rabiot.

The defending champions equalised on the stroke of half time. Good work down the right-hand side seeing the ball eventually laid right back to the edge of the 18-yard box. Angel Di Maria the man running onto it to fire into the bottom right corner.

After 61 minutes PSG took the lead. Having threatened a goal almost from the start of the second half - playing some really lovely stuff at times - it finally came when Thomas Meunier was played into the right-hand side of the area. Good finish from Meunier, across the keeper and into the bottom left corner.

PSG made sure of the points in the 83rd minutes. Meunier breaking into the right of the area again and this time crossing for Eric Maxim Choupo Moting to control and smash home from around six yards.

Six wins from six games for PSG who have opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table already. Rennes drop to fourteenth on the back of this defeat. This type of performance would likely have picked up something against most sides though.

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