PSG v Rennes – Parc des Princes at 19:30 live on BT Sport Extra 2
PSG wrapped up the Ligue 1 title weeks ago but Laurent Blanc’s boys kept their domestic treble hopes on track by securing a third consecutive Coupe de la Ligue trophy last weekend and booking their place in the Coupe de France final.
Les Parisians may have little to play for in the league but should PSG pick up four points from their remaining four fixtures, the capital club will have accumulated a new French points record, breaking the tally of 89 they reached in 2013/14.
The six-time French kings will have to do without Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot on Friday night, mind. Bar the midfield pair, Blanc is able to call upon an almost entirely fit squad for the first time in months.
Argentine duo Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria both scored as Lille were seen off in last weekend’s cup final and should again take their place in the star-studded home XI and the hosts are understandable short-priced favourites to collect another positive result.
Rennes still harbour hopes of European qualification but realistically, it will be for the Europa League and not for the Champions League.
Seven points behind third-placed Monaco with just three matches left after the pair’s 1-1 draw at Roazhon Park last Sunday, finishing in that top-three is now unlikely. Instead, Rolland Courbis’ men must target a top-five finish and that might be hard enough.
Les Rouges et Noirs are five points behind fourth-placed OGC Nice and fifth-placed Saint-Etienne, so it may well be that Rennes end up falling just short of continental qualification this campaign.
Still, the Bretons’ highly-rated attack could and should play their part in an enjoyable contest from the Parc des Princes. Versatile Ousmane Dembele has scored 12 goals and provided five assists in just 23 outings for Rennes in his breakthrough season and the 18-year-old is sure to be a marked man.
But in Yoann Gourcuff, Jeremie Boga and/or Pedro Henrique, as well as Giovanni Sio, Les Rouges et Noirs have potential game-changers across their offensive unit and will be hoping to some damage in Paris after failing to record three points in any of their most recent three fixtures.
PSG’s situation can make the hosts a tricky team to second-guess and although performance levels have certainly dipped in recent weeks, Blanc’s boys are still putting in strong displays in front of their passionate home support.
With Rennes far from secure defensively and two teams on show that prefer playing at pace in an open and attacking manner, Friday night’s meeting should produce plenty of goalmouth action, as well as goals. With that in mind, Over 3 Goals looks just the ticket at 1.75.
Since Blanc arrived at PSG, the hosts have seen 35/55 (64%) of their Parc des Princes league games feature three or more goals with a chunky 28/55 (51%) breaking the Over 3.5 Goals barrier. Meanwhile, Rennes last seven away days have produced 27 goals, giving us plenty of reason to believe it’ll be a goal-heavy encounter.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 3 Goals at 1.75
Prices correct at the time of writing.
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