Ligue 1 | Rennes-Paris Saint Germain
Kick Off: 16:00 Hrs
Venue: Roazhon Park
Sat 14th Jan 2017
Rennes vs Paris Saint Germain Match Prediction
Paris Saint-Germain will look to close the gap at the top of the Ligue 1 table when they travel to the Roazhon Park to take on Rennes on Saturday afternoon. Rennes were held to a 1-1 away draw at Lille last time out in Ligue 1, despite the fact that Paul Ntep de Madiba gave Christian Gourcuff’s side the lead in the 22nd minute. On the contrary, Paris Saint-Germain managed an impressive 5-0 home victory over Lorient in their most recent league fixture thanks to goals from Thomas Meunier, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, Lucas Moura and an own-goal by Zargo Toure. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.
Rennes conceded a late goal to register a 1-1 draw on the road at Lille last time out in Ligue 1. This result extended Rennes’ winless streak in Ligue 1 to three games. The good news is that Rennes have returned to winning ways at the weekend, picking up a comfortable 0-6 victory on the road at Biarritz in Coupe de France. This was the first time in this 2016/2017 competitive season when Rennes managed to score six goals in a game. Despite the recent struggle in Ligue 1, Rennes still sit in a comfortable 7th place in the standings with 28 points under their belts after 19 rounds. They are seven points clear of the 12th-placed Lille, and six points behind the 4th-placed Lyon. Rennes hold one of the meanest defences in the division with just 23 goals conceded in 19 rounds, but they really struggled at the other end of the field. Christian Gourcuff’s men have only scored 20 goals so far this season, which is the worst offensive record in the top seven. Giovanni Sio is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 5 goals under his belt, while Kamil Grosicki has helped the team with 4 goals and 3 assists in his 13 league appearances. Rennes can count on their home form ahead of this clash, as they were on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions prior to their 1-2 defeat against SC Bastia in their most recent home league fixture.
Paris Saint-Germain Preview
Paris Saint-Germain, on the flip side, have struggled towards the end of 2016, but they kicked off the new year in fashion. Les Parisiens managed a ridiculous 7-0 home win over SC Bastia in Coupe de France last weekend. Their form over the past three months has seen PSG losing just two of their last 15 games across all competitions. Last time out in Ligue 1, PSG managed another impressive performance by winning 5-0 at home over Lorient. This leaves Paris Saint-Germain in 3rd position in the Ligue 1 table with 39 points after 19 rounds, five points off the current leaders Nice. Despite their recent struggle in Ligue 1, PSG still hold one of the best defensive records in the division with just 15 goals conceded in 19 rounds. At the other end of the pitch Les, Parisians managed a decent tally of 38 goals in 19 league games, including 18 from their topscorer Edinson Cavani. Lucas Moura has also played a vital part in PSG’s performances throughout this campaign, helping the team with 6 goals and 2 assists in his 19 league appearances. Their recent away form has been a complete mixed bag with six wins, three defeats and one draw in their last ten away fixtures across all competitions. Furthermore, PSG are unbeaten in their last five visits to the Roazhon Park, winning three and drawing two in the process.
Rennes Team News
Gelson Fernandes, Edvinas Gertomanas, Clement Chantome, Alfonso and Anthony Riblein are all doubts, but Pedro Mendes is back in training following his hip injury.
Paris Saint Germain Team News
Thiago Silva, Serge Aurier and Javier Pastore are all doubts, while Jese is back in training following his thigh injury.
Betting Predictions and Tips
PSG are hot favourites to win here, but Rennes proved to be a very tough nut to crack at home throughout this Ligue 1 campaign. Rennes looked very solid at the back in front of their own fans this season, conceding just seven goals in their last ten home fixtures across all competitions. I’m expecting a high-scoring affair with goals at both ends of the field.