Preview - Rennes vs PSG 19 August 19

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Match Day 2
Rennes vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Monday, August 19th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Roazhon Park

Last five matches form: D D W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.45
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.37
Top Scorer (18/19): M'Baye Niang (11)

Paris Saint-Germain:
Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.76
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.92
Top Scorer (18/19): Kylian Mbappé (33)

Two sides who got off to a winning start in Ligue 1 do battle in the last of the weekend's fixtures, as defending champions PSG travel to Roazhon Park to take on Rennes.

PSG completed the double over Rennes in the league last season, winning this game 3-1 and 4-1 at the Parc des Princes. Rennes did gain a large measure of revenge though when beating the league champions on penalties in the French Cup Final. The most recent clash between the teams came at the beginning of the month in the Trophée des Champions - PSG winning 2-1 on that occasion.

Rennes did ride their luck at times in their opening day success at Montpellier, benefitting from a missed penalty amongst other moments to come away with a narrow 1-0 win. A positive result nonetheless, but they will likely need the ball to roll their way once again if they are to come away with anything from this one.

It was all very straightforward for PSG on opening weekend, with the side making light of the Neymar drama surrounding the club to come away with an easy 3-0 success - Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani already up and running for the season in the goalscoring stakes.

Rennes did well last week but do look a little weaker than last season overall and seem unlikely to cope with PSG here.

Prediction: Rennes 0 - 3 Paris Saint-Germain


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  7 - 8
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 40% - 60%

Jordan Siebatcheau was booked for the home side at Roazhon Park. Julian Draxler, Thomas Meunier, Marco Verratti, Juan Bernat and Edinson Cavani of PSG all had their name taken by referee Antony Gautier.

A shock in Rennes, as runaway Champion's for the last two seasons, PSG, succumbed to defeat in just their second match of the 2019/20 season. Having also defeated them in the French Cup final last season, Rennes must be high up on PSG's list of least favourite sides.

It's hard to argue that Rennes didn't deserve this too, as an out of sorts PSG failed to impose themselves upon the game to the extent to which their fans have become accustomed. Ahead on possession, there nevertheless wasn't much in it in terms of efforts on goal, and it was Rennes who made the most of their opportunities on the night.

PSG came close in the 14th minute. Edinson Cavani a little unlucky to see an excellent bullet header come back off the outside of the post.

It was however the visitors who did take the lead in the 36th minute, although the assist must go to the Rennes defence and keeper. Attempting to play the ball out, working a triangle inside their own box, they got it all wrong between them, with a misplaced pass presenting Cavani with the simple task of slotting home from around six yards out on the right.

A lightning burst down the left from Kylian Mbappé nearly ended in another goal, but the frontman could only stab into the side-netting.

Then one minute before the break, Rennes equalised. Hamari Traore playing the ball in from the right to find Mbaye Niang around 16 yards from goal. Excellent control, turn, and rifled shot into the bottom left corner from Niang. 1-1 at the break.

Three minutes into the second half, the home side had turned it around completely. Some nice interplay down the right-hand side ending with Eduardo Camavinga lofting a cross into the area. Romain Del Castillo putting in an excellent leap to direct a header into the left-hand side from around seven yards.

Chances for both sides in the remainder of the game - Rennes coming closest when seeing an effort come back off the inside of the post. 2-1 final score.

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