Paris Saint-Germain - Stade Rennais Preview: Ancelotti's men aiming to rebound against in-form visitors
The capital club will want to avoid a third successive league game without a win against a blistering Rouge et Noir outfit, but they are once more without Zlatan Ibrahimovic
By Mohammed Ali
Jallet, Alex, T. Silva, Maxwell
Verratti, Motta, Matuidi
T-Catherine, Kana-Biyik, Boye, Mavinga
Pitroipa, Feret, Alessandrini
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is still without the services of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the Sweden interational - who starred in the country's 4-2 win over England on Thursday, scoring all four goals - serving the second game of his two-match suspension.
Meanwhile, Mamadou Sakho is also suspended after seeing red in the club's 1-1 draw with Montpellier, though otherwise there is no significant first-team injuries for the former Chelsea boss to ponder with.
Ezequiel Lavezzi started alongside Guillaume Hoarau last weekend, though the former Napoli forward could be preferred in a lone role this time out.
Stade Rennais, meanwhile, have no significant worries of their own, as Frederic Antonetti continues to deploy infamous duo of Chris Mavinga and Yann M'Vila.
Winger Romain Alessandrini is a fantastic prospect, whilst former PSG striker Mevlut Erding will lead from the front at the Parc des Princes.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- PSG sit joint top of Ligue 1, tied on ppoints with Olympique de Marseille, following their 1-1 draw with Montpellier last weekend.
- Les Parisiens have not managed to score more than twice at home in the league so far this season.
- Ancelotti's men lost their last home outing to Saint-Etienne, and have failed to win without Zlatan Ibrahimovic thus far.
- Nevertheless, PSG have kept a clean sheet in all but two of their last eight games at the Parc des Princes.
- Rennes shrugged off a woeful start to the season, to soar to eighth place currently. They have won five of their last six games.
- Les Rouges et Noirs lost this fixture 3-0 last season, with Nene scoring a hat-trick.
- Former PSG striker Mevlut Erding has scored seven in his last eight games with Rennes.
- Frederic Antonetti's side have suffered defeat in only one trip to Paris since 2006.
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- 14.09 %
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- 11.27 %
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|-||Mohamed Lamine Sissoko||Midfielder|
|28||Kevin Theophile Catherine||Defender|
|17||Jean II Makoun||Midfielder|
|30||Cheick Tidiane N'Diaye||Goalkeeper|
|7||Cheick Fanta Mady Diarra||Striker|
The young Italian midfielder again saw his stock rise with a wonderful performance against France in the international friendly in midweek, and it's no secret that PSG have a gem on their hands here. Verratti can cut an entire team open with a pass, and Rennes' physical and combative defenders have a huge task on their hands on Saturday evening.
The former Ligue 2 star has taken the top division by storm so far this season, with fantastic performances for Rennes of late. Alessandrini's goals have been absolute stunners, volleys, powerful shots from range, all able to deceive the goalkeeper and fly into the back of the net. The winger is also a potent force on the flanks, with his dribbling ability causing one or two a few headaches. This one is certainly worth watching.
The capital club will want to re-assert their authority and dominance in Paris after a shock defeat last time out, and with a somewhat difficult job to do against in-form Rennes, Ancelotti will be hoping for that calm and composed performance ahead of the Champions League next week. They should be able to achieve that too, even without Ibrahimovic.
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