Finishing the calendar of the sixteen-finals of the French Cup, the defending champion, Paris SG, moves to Rennes to try to stay in the race for revalidation of the same. After a disappointing game for Ligue 1, in which the Parisians were no more than a draw at home to Monaco, it became even more important to get the victory in this trip to Rennes.
The Rennes, however, will be far from living a good time with a succession of less fortunate results and that will make the set guided by Christian Gourcuff loss positions in the league table. The last victory for the championship took place on 4 December 2016, against Saint-Étienne, with the Rennes side adding up to Lyon and Bastia, drawing with Lille, losing again to Paris SG and drawing ties , In the last weeks, in front of Guingamp and Nantes. This meeting with PSG, counting for the championship, may, in a way, serve as a reference to understand the type of embers that both teams are currently undergoing. It is obvious that a game of the French Cup has other conditions, and that we will also be faced with the need to evaluate what kind of changes each coach will make in their respective eleven, Rennes will have here a golden opportunity to demonstrate level to fight with the teams And collect a ticket for the next round of the Cup.
Probable team Rennes: Costil – Danzé, Mexer, Pedro Mendes, Baal – Hunou, Gelson Fernandes, André, Grosicki – Gourcuff – Kalulu.
French Cup Paris SG came in a series of victories that put the Parisian team in wide line to return to the golden moments of the last seasons. The 2017 season, with reinforcements and results, seemed to bring back this kind of charm to the Parisian team, which nevertheless ended up holding Monaco, the current Ligue 1 leader. The draw is not the worst news to come out of this meeting , But rather the way the PSG was handled by the monegasca team, proving incapable of overtaking the main rival, eventually showing that despite having the capacity in the market to continue buying players, PSG will need something more to be able to be champion. Gonçalo Guedes has already been on the field for a few minutes and may even deserve the coach’s bet to enter the eleven starter, with Draxler also also having demonstrated abilities to change something in front of attack of the set of Unai Emery. Nevertheless, it still suffers from some lack of collective dynamics in order to overcome sets that can be better closed behind. If Rennes has more quality in this aspect, it can create difficulties.
Probable team PSG: Areola – Meunier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Maxwell – Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Matuidi – Gonçalo Guedes, Ben Arfa, Di Maria.
In addition to the recent visit to Rennes, Paris SG had already received this opponent in Paris in the game of the first lap, having won 4-0.
The favoritism is on the side of the PSG, although Rennes can here give a more relaxed image as regards the ability to face the Parisians.