PSG vs Rennes by Isaiah
PSG pulled out important victory away from home against St Etienne last Sunday evening, as the team got the three pointer with a 1:0 result thanks to goal from Ibrahimovic in 61st minute from a penalty spot. Even though it was a goal scored from a penalty kick, PSG deserved the victory being much more concrete and organized squad on the field.
This was fourth consecutive victory for PSG in all competitions, as the team seems to slowly getting back on track and winning ways, showing more reliable performances in last couple of weeks. Still, they lost the first place in Ligue 1 and will now have to work much harder in order to get it back, being four points now away from the first placed Lyon. As for home matches, they are undefeated all season long and everything except an easy victory won't be a positive result for them. Right back Serge Aurier (9/0) is away at International duty with Ivory Coast at African Cup of Nations, while right defender Gregory Van der Wiel (20/0) remains injured. Defensive midfielder Thiago Motta (22/0) is suspended for this match. Cavani, Ibrahimovic and Moura should be their attacking trio in a 4-3-3 formation.
Rennes, on the other side, showed one of the worst performances in the season, welcoming Caen and being unable to show any positive in their 1:4 defeat. Generally, they actually had some goalscoring chances and ball possession, but simply failed to show any creativity and deservedly have lost even though the first halftime was ended in a 1:1 draw.
However, visitors struck them three times in the second half, while the hosts, as said, didn't manage to react and show any creativity later on. This was sixth consecutive match in a row for Rennes without a victory, as the team continues to slip down the table and currently they are tenth at the table, almost without chances to get the European tickets, but also with no danger to get into the relegation trouble - at least not for now. Offensive midfielder Paul-Georges Ntep (18/7) returned to training sessions during the week, but his performance remains questionable till the last moment. Left back Cheikh M'Bengue (17/0) is away at African Cup of Nations, while the team also misses offensive midfielder Kamil Grosicki (9/0) being injured.
It's time for PSG to give one convincing performance in front of their fans. There is no better opponent than Rennes right now, as the visiting side seem to be going nowhere with their form. They looked really terrible against Caen last weekend and in case they don't improve much more now, they will suffer an easy defeat without having a real chance to snatch a point here.