Rennes – PSG – Friday – 19:30 GMT
PSG travel to Rennes on Friday evening five days after hammering St Etienne 4-1 at the Parc des Princes, redeeming themselves after their poor 0-0 draw against Real Madrid four days earlier in the Champions League. They bounced back in style, even if St Etienne were, obviously, nowhere near as good as Madrid. They answered the criticism they received after the Real game.
Ibrahimovic scored from a Cavani assist and Cavani scored from an Ibrahimovic assist. Marco Verratti also put on a great performance with two assists, his first of the season, and Angel Di Maria had a very good game too. The Parisians showed they still mean business in the league, even if they are already way ahead in the table. The Champions are still unbeaten in all competitions so far this season.
Now they face a tricky trip to Rennes, where the home side has only lost once in the league so far this season. Rennes are so inconsistent that you never what kind of performance they will put on, but they usually play well against big teams.
The PSG players may already be focused on their trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League. That’s the most important game of the next 10 days for them and Laurent Blanc will rotate his squad: some key players will be rested on Friday to make sure that they are ready and fresh for Tuesday.
PSG are unbeaten in their last four trips here in the league but this is a good opportunity for Rennes, seventh in the table, to finally beat them. The Rennes players will be really up for it and the atmosphere in the stadium will be great.
It is a shame that the home side will be, once again, without Pul-George Ntep, their best player. Philippe Montanier has plenty of options to replace him, such as Quintero, but Ntep is their most dangerous player and it was a big blow to lose him before the last international break.
After six games without a win in Ligue 1 (five draws and one defeat), Rennes got back to winning ways on Tuesday in the league cup at Bastia. It was the perfect preparation for the PSG game and I think Rennes will get a point on Friday at home.
The odds are massively in favour of PSG with an away win at 1.44. The draw is at 4.35 and a Rennes home win is at 7.80.
Edinson Cavani is favourite to score first at 3.80 but my best tip is a draw and both teams to score at 6.50.
Score prediction: Rennes 1 PSG 1 at 10.00