Paris Saint-Germain plays this Tuesday, January 30, to get closer to winning another piece of their ‘magic square’ in the 2017/2018 season. At the Stade de la Route de Lorient in Rennes, will face the local team for the semifinals of the League Cup of England. The game starts at 18:05 GMT.
In the tournament, the definition is made in a single game throughout the entire competition. Thus, if there is a tie there will be an extension of 30 minutes and, with equality remaining, the definition will be made through penalty charges.
The recent performance of Rennes
After being smashed into the two-game PSG, Rennes will bet their chips on the unpredictability of the single game to maintain the confidence of their fans and even their athletes.
In the League Cup, the teams the team debuted in the third round against Dijon. As a visitor, he won 2-1. Then he made a zebra. In their dominions, they eliminated Olympique de Marseille, third placed in the Ligue 1, scoring 3 to 2. In the quarters, once again working in Rennes, dispatched the Toulouse by 4 to 2.
Dijon, who was their opponent in opening their campaign in the tournament, was also the latest rival of Rennes. On Friday, January 26, at home, won by 2 to 1. Result perfectly acceptable, since both are in very similar situation on the leaderboard.
Rennes, with 31 points (nine wins, four draws and ten losses), is in eighth place. There are no big pretensions in Ligue 1. They are 16 points behind Monaco, fourth placed, which closes the zone of classification for Champions League, and has seven points more than the Troyes, eighteenth placed and first in the region of the sticking.
The current form of PSG
However, no one is in a quieter situation in the French Championship than PSG. After beating Montpellier 4-0 on Saturday, January 27, the team further extended their lead lead. Having reached 59 points (19 wins, two draws and two losses), he opened 11 points ahead of Lyon, who were beaten 3-1 by Bordeaux.
Even though there are 15 rounds remaining, the title seems to be a mere matter of time. It will not only be a resumption of local hegemony, lost to Monaco in the previous season, but will open the chance for an unprecedented “block”.
After all, the team is still in contention for the French Cup and, of course, the Champions League of Europe. In this block, the League Cup is the minor dispute. But even the Unai Emery coach is not at risk. Most likely he should climb a team very close to the starting lineup on Wednesday. This includes the Brazilian Neymar (16 games in the French Championship 2017/2018, 17 goals). After missing two games, he proved to be recovering from the muscular problem by attending and scoring a goal in the win against Montpellier.
Kylian Mbappe (17 games, nine wins), still in injury treatment, as well as midfielder Thiago Motta (ten games, one goal) is still to follow.
History of the bouts between Rennes and PSG
PSG have won their last eight matches against Rennes. Two of them have recently happened. On December 16, as a visitor, he thrashed 4-1 for the French Championship. A little later, on January 7, thrashing even bigger. The Parisians, again away from home, scored 6 to 1 in a game that eliminated Rennes from the French Cup.
The one-game playoff certainly features a rather different character from the competition in the running points style. It makes the motivation of the weaker team bigger in pursuit of a zebra. However, PSG still has a lot of favoritism and is the best bet. Has a price of 1.18 in Bet365. Draw presents prize of 7.00. Success of the owners of the house yields 13.00. Quotes are valid at 14:48 on 1/29/2018.