PSG are coming after a difficult game in Champions League away at Basel. Even if they clearly dominated, PSG found the winner in the dying seconds, and only after opponents got a red card (PSG won 2-1).
In Ligue1 they are also far from convincing, and had big difficulties in the last 3 rounds. PSG’s midfielders don’t have playmaker profiles, and instead they are very efficient in the defensive phase. With the exception of a few long balls sent from central midfielders, PSG’s attacking actions rely exclusively on fullbacks and forwards. That’s not a very healthy approach, and it’s the main reason why PSG are 6 points behind leaders Nice.
Hosts will miss fullback Kuzawa due to injury.
At the moment Rennes is one of the most in-form Ligue1 sides, with 10 points in the last 4 rounds, plus a victory in Coupe de la Ligue.
The most important thing is that Rennes managed to get positive results even without their best player, playmaker Gourcuff. Gourcuff is an extremely valuable player, but seems to be made out of porcelain and can break at any time. In these conditions it is very important that Rennes have a plan B, a plan that doesn’t involve Gourcuff.
Winger Ntep hasn’t scored yet, but delivered another assist last week and his first goal is just around the corner.
Guests will have to do without midfielder Andre who is suspended. On the other hand they welcome back important midfielder Gourcuff. Hopefully he won’t get injured on the way to the stadium…
Rennes are in good form and confidence, and may be able to stand ground in midfield. If that will be the case, then PSG will have a pretty hard time covering the handicap.
PSG : Areola, Descamps, Trapp – Aurier, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Meunier, Thiago Silva – Krychowwiak, Matuidi, Pastore, Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Verratti – Ben Arfa, Cavani, Di Maria, Jesé, Lucas
Rennes : Costil, Gertmonas – P.Mendes, Armand, Baal, Danzé, Gnagnon – G.Fernandes, Bensebaini, Hunou, Y.Gourcuff, Janvier – Ntep, Grosicki, Saïd, Sio, P.Henrique, A.Diakhaby