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  • November 17, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: F. Fautrel
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Paris Saint-Germain - Stade Rennais Preview: Ancelotti's men aiming to rebound against in-form visitors

Paris Saint-Germain - Stade Rennais Preview: Ancelotti's men aiming to rebound against in-form visitors

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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

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Sirigu
Jallet, Alex, T. Silva, Maxwell
Verratti, Motta, Matuidi
Pastore, Menez
Lavezzi


STADE RENNES

Costil
T-Catherine, Kana-Biyik, Boye, Mavinga
Makoun, M'Vila
Pitroipa, Feret, Alessandrini
Erding


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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Available Squads
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
33AlexDefender
17MaxwellDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
19NenêMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
2Diego LuganoDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
11Kevin GameiroStriker
1Benoit CostilGoalkeeper
26Kevin Theophile CatherineDefender
-Chris MavingaDefender
-Jean-Armel Kana-BiyikDefender
25John BoyeDefender
8Julien FéretMidfielder
17Jean II MakounMidfielder
17Yann M'VilaMidfielder
-Romain AlessandriniMidfielder
7Jonathan PitroipaStriker
11Mevlut ErdingStriker
30Cheick Tidiane N'DiayeGoalkeeper
4Onyekachi ApamDefender
40Yassine JebbourDefender
29Romain DanzeDefender
-S. DialloMidfielder
26Vincent PajotMidfielder
7F. DiarraStriker
Players to Watch
Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 2 0
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.
Romain Alessandrini
Romain Alessandrini
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 1
Rennes 0

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