- Front-runners PSG host third-placed Rennes at 3:00 pm ET on Saturday
- Paris club likely to be missing superstar goal-getter Kylian Mbappe along with Neymar
- See the current odds and our best bet for Saturday’s match between PSG and Rennes below
Leaders Paris Saint-Germain meets third-placed Rennes in France on Saturday with both teams needing a domestic boost to recover from Champions League setbacks in midweek.
The early season collision of the long-established powerhouse of PSG with the recently-emergent stronghold of Rennes is Ligue 1’s most enticing fixture of the weekend.
The mega-wealthy Parisians have enjoyed a run of seven straight league victories.
PSG vs Rennes Odds
|Paris Saint-Germain vs Rennes||PSG -1.75 (+123) | REN +1.75 (-152)||PSG -286 | REN +600 | DRAW +440||Ov 2.5 (-210) | Un 2.5 (+163)|
All odds taken Nov 6 at DraftKings
Even though they may be missing superstar leading scorer Kylian Mbappe – with Neymar also among several key absentees – PSG are wide favorites with Draftkings for a home win at the Parc Des Princes at -286.
Rennes have stuttered recently after a run of four wins in five earlier in the season.
With a recent record of two draws, one defeat and only one win, they are rated at a wide +600 at 3:00 pm ET on Saturday. The draw is +440.
Given PSG’s recent rampant form, the best value here in a tight and unpromising market looks to be the spread option for a home win by three or more goals at + 123 (Asian Handicap -1.75).
That means banking upon them to overcome their injury problems to maintain their prolific mood. However, Rennes has kept only one clean sheet in the league all season.
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Against that, there may be value in adventurously taking Rennes to capitalize on PSG’s fitness troubles to grab a draw at the wide price of +440.
The buoyant domestic mood for PSG has not been maintained in European competition.
Heading into the weekend, PSG have 19 points – two clear of second-placed Lille and a point further ahead of Rennes.
They were beaten UCL finalists last season but suffered a second setback in this season’s competition when they went down 2-1 at Red Bull Leipzig in midweek.
Similarly, Rennes are in need this weekend of a recovery from disappointment in Europe following their 3-0 defeat at Chelsea in London.
Heading into the weekend, PSG has 19 points – two clear of second-placed Lille and a point further ahead of Rennes.
The star-studded PSG team from the French capital has been in prolific goal-scoring form recently and has hit the target no fewer than 17 times in the last four matches while conceding only once.
This run has included a 6-1 home win against Angers, a 4-0 success in Nimes, a 4-0 win at home against Dijon, and, last Saturday, a 3-0 victory away in Nantes.
This has completed a major turn-around after they lost their opening two fixtures – by 1-0 at Lens and then again by 1-0 at home against Marseille.
That troubled opening was put down to fatigue and lack of preparation after the team had previously been competing all the way until the 1-0 defeat in the UCL final by Bayern Munich on August 23.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Rennes Statistics
Things changed once they recovered. And the free-scoring form in recent games has been particularly driven by Mbappe who has hit the net seven times in the most recent six league games.
However, Mbappe missed the trip to Leipzig and will likely be absent this weekend with a hamstring injury even though he has still been called up by France for international duty next week.
Despite their recent unconvincing run, Rennes are unbeaten in their last five away games in Ligue 1.
That will be put the onus on Italian forward Moise Kean – on loan from Everton. He has also been in good goal-getting form with two in Ligue 1 and four in the UCL.
PSG will also be missing Mauro Icardi and Julian Draxler who have each contributed two league goals this season.
Despite their recent unconvincing run, Rennes are unbeaten in their last five away games in Ligue 1 stretching back into last season; with three wins and two draws.
They have won twice and drawn twice on the road this season.
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After a 1-1 draw on opening day at home against Lille, Rennes then impressed in a run of four straight wins.
Then, however, things slowed down with a 2-2 draw at home against Reims and then a 1-1 draw at Dijon.
Things got worse with a 2-1 defeat at Angers before a recovery in the 2-1 home win against Brest last weekend.
The team’s French forward Serhou Guraissy has scored three Ligue 1 goals.
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Defenders Damien Da Silva and Nayef Aguerd have also scored three goals each in league competition.
Those two players delivered the goals in last Saturday’s much-needed win against Brest.
Rennes were 2-1 winners at home the last time the sides met in August 2019.
PSG were 4-1 winners last time out in Ligue 1 in Paris in January 2019.
Pick: Paris Saint-Germain + 123 (Asian Handicap -1.75)
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