In-spite the close score (1-0) PSG fully deserved to win last round away at St Stienne. In defense they successfully closed ranks and if by any chance opponents managed to get inside the penalty box keeper Sirigu made sure nothing got past him.
Just like it always happens, possession was clearly in favor of PSG as they constantly moved the ball around until opponents couldn’t keep up anymore and tunnels started to appear.
It seems that fullback Van der Wiel is still out injured but that is no reason to worry as Marquinho’s performances on the right flank (he is usually a central defender) are really worthy of praise.
PSG will welcome back defender Camara after suspension but his place on the sidelines will be taken by midfielder Motta (suspended).
Rennes were humiliated on home ground last week by relegation candidates Caen (Caen won 4-1).
Rennes’ central defender Armand was actually the most active player, but even so, he couldn’t cover all the spaces left open by his teammates.
Defenders Mexer and Danze were too soft and careless and often outplayed by simple through balls. Defensive midfielder Fernandes was overwhelmed and couldn’t deal with all the incoming actions. The end result was simply a disaster for Rennes.
In the offensive phase Rennes couldn’t apply constant pressure but most likely the attacking potential will receive a boost as they welcome back key winger Ntep.
Attacking-wise PSG are pretty resourceful and it will be interesting to see how Rennes will deal with them since they couldn’t resist in-front of a few simple through balls. PSG -1.75 at 1.97
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Z.Camara, David Luiz, Digne, Maxwell, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva – Verratti, Rabiot, Pastore, Matuidi, Lucas, Cabaye – Bahebeck, Cavani, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – S.Armand, Mexer, S.Moreira, B.André, Diagne, Danzé – Pajot, G.Fernandes, Doucouré, Brüls, Prcic, Konradsen – Habibou, P.Henrique, Toivonen, Ntep