Top of the league PSG welcome Rennes to the Parc des Princes this Sunday in a game that could potentially take PSG 13 points clear of second-place Marseille. Three points will also mean a lot to Rennes who look to overtake Monaco to the Europa League place rather than the Europa Conference League Qualifiers.
PSG have been as dominant as expected this season, currently sitting top of Ligue 1 on 66 points, with a good ten-point buffer to Marseille. The reigning champions have won 21 games out of the 27 played, drawing just three and losing just three. Despite their great league form, PSG once again slumped to defeat in the Champions League, this time losing 3 - 0 on aggregate against Bayern Munich and going out in the Round of 16.
Christophe Galtier’s side have four wins and a loss in their last five Ligue 1 games. These wins include a 2 - 1 win over Brest, a 3 - 0 thrashing of Marseille with Kylian Mbappe grabbing a brace and Lionel Messi also scoring, a 4 - 2 victory against Nantes and a thrilling 4 - 3 win over Lille with Messi grabbing the winner in the fifth minute of added time. Their one loss was a shocking 3 - 1 loss to Monaco in early February. Aleksandr Golovin opened the scoring early, with Ben Yedder adding before Warren Zaire-Emery brought PSG into the game. However, it was too late as Yedder added another before half-time, killing the game.
Rennes have had a strong season so far, sitting in fifth, four points adrift of fourth and the Europa League and seven points from the Champions League Qualifiers. Bruno Genesio’s side have 14 wins in 27 games and 47 points, 19 points off of their finishing tally last season. Rennes fell out of the Europa League at the Round of 32 stage, drawing 3 - 3 with Shakhtar Donetsk and then losing 5 - 4 on penalties.
Rennes have two wins, a draw and two losses in their last five Ligue 1 matches. Their most recent outing was the draw, a goalless affair with Auxerre. The two wins came against Clermont Foot - a 2 - 0 win with Arnaud Kalimuendo scoring both for Rennes, and Nantes, who Rennes beat 1 - 0 with a Jeremy Doku goal. Rennes suffered a shock 3 - 1 loss to 11th-place Toulouse and then a 1 - 0 loss to a strong Marseille side, Sead Kolasinac grabbing the winner.
PSG and Rennes have met just 28 times, with PSG massively dominating the fixture. The Parisians have won 17 of the meetings, whereas Rennes have only won six times, with the tie ending in a share of the points just five times. This clash could promise goals, with two of the top attacking teams in Ligue 1 going head to head, PSG have scored 68 goals this season, averaging 2.52 goals a game and Rennes have scored 45 goals, still averaging 1.67 goals a game.
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