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Match preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Stade Rennais, a clash of high-flying teams

Paris Saint-Germain are flying high in Ligue 1, sitting 13 points clear at the top of the table. However, off-field news has been dominating the headlines, with reports that star forward Kylian Mbappé is set to leave the club at the end of the season.

On the field, things are still going well for PSG. Coach Luis Enrique has overseen a 17-match unbeaten streak (14 wins, 3 draws), the seventh time in the club’s history that such a feat has been achieved, and the first time since the 2018/19 season.

PSG’s opponents this weekend are Rennes, who are in excellent form themselves. Despite their elimination from the Europa League last week by AC Milan, Rennes have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions (1 loss) and are in the race for a top-three finish in Ligue 1 this year.

Rennes have a good record against PSG, having won more league matches against them than any other team since QSI took over the Parisian club in the summer of 2011. They have won four times at the Parc des Princes in that time, a feat no other team has managed.

Key players to watch

Bradley Barcola has been in impressive form for PSG, contributing to five goals (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last seven appearances. For Rennes, Benjamin Bourigeaud has been even more prolific, with five goals and one assist in his last five matches, including a hat-trick against Milan in midweek.

Prediction

This is a tough match to call, but I think Rennes’ recent form and their good record against PSG give them a slight edge. I’m predicting a 2-1 win for the visitors.

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