Rennes acted heroically last round at Lorient. A mixture of unfavorable factors made their game a living hell. First of all they were without Alessandrini and Kadir (best offensive players) as coach Montanier decided not to take any risks ahead of this game.
Secondly Rennes received an early red card (min 6) accompanied with a penalty after a questionable decision by the referee. This changed everything and Rennes had to make extra human efforts not be trashed. In spite playing in 10, there were some good periods in which Rennes was clearly the better team.
For this game hosts will welcome back both offensive players Kadir and Alessandrini, same as defenders Boye and Kana-Biyik.
With Alessandrini and Kadir Rennes have a different face. They can be under pressure and score all of a sudden out of nothing, just like it happened 2 rounds ago against St Etienne.
Rennes will have to do without central defender Armand who is suspended.
Most of you know PSG used a mixed team in the midweek Champions League game against Benfica. Several key players were rested but the ones we will be concentrating on are Alex and Silva, the center backs. Most the times a team rests a couple of players they are usually offensive. Especially the central defenders play continuously regardless the competition. It is widely considered that the efforts of central defenders are at lower levels in comparison to other players and so they are able to play more games. Furthermore the entire team relies on them for stability and confidence.
But recently PSG have clear defensive problems and coach Blanc realized this. This is why he decided to fully rest both Alex and Silva for the game against Rennes. Blanc wanted his central defenders to take a mini vacation, maybe go to Nepal and meditate or something in order to have a clear mind.
PSG’s last results since the disaster at Evian were very predictable. Sochaux were too poor and had no desire to pose any challenge in Paris, while the game in Portugal showed how reliant PSG are on a couple of players…
Rennes are in good form despite the last result. Winger Alessandrini is a player capable of wonders and against PSG I am sure he will be extra motivated. His direct opponent Jallet or Van der Wiel (doesn’t really matter as both of them advance a lot and are often caught on the wrong foot) will have a nightmarish game.
Odds on PSG are laughable. The value is on Rennes but instead of a handicap bet I prefer Rennes to score at 1.72.