Rennes vs PSG: Bet Preview
- Rennes to win or draw
- Rennes -1
- Rennes to win and over 2.5 total goals
Hammered by Newcastle in the north east on Wednesday night, PSG are back in league action on Sunday as they make the trip to face Rennes. As ever, Les Parisiens are Ligue 1 betting favourites for this fixture, despite winning just three of their first seven league fixtures under Luis Enrique.
Rennes are one of two unbeaten teams in the topflight of French football. A draw specialist in the early going, Rennes only recorded their second win of the season last time out, and then fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Villarreal in the Europa League on Thursday.
Following the loss at St James’ Park, Enrique took responsibility for PSG’s defeat, and seemed keen to defend any criticisms of his players.
"I am primarily responsible for the result. The first and last person responsible.
“There was no problem with the attitude of my players. Maybe you saw a different game. The attitude was optimal. The result is fair, but the score is excessive. I'm happy with what the players did, apart from in the last thirty metres. They did what I expected of them…
"We've played two games and we're in second place. It's an interesting group. I congratulate Newcastle, who of course deserved their win, but as I said, the result is a bit excessive and doesn't reflect the difference between the two teams. We need to improve a few things going forward."
It doesn’t get much easier for PSG here, however. Rennes have been their bogey side in recent years, doing the league double over the champions in 2022-23. PSG have won just one of their last five against Les Rouge et Noirs.
With the last few seasons of results in their favour and an impressive unbeaten record to start the season, punters are inevitably going to be tempted by Rennes to avoid defeat, and understandably so.
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PSG Club History
PSG haven’t always been favourites in Ligue 1 odds. Founded as recently as 1970, the club from the capital was an ambitious venture from two businessmen.
Upon receiving advice from Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabeu, they crowd-funded to get the club up and running, and it became the first French team ever to have fans contribute to the start-up finances.
The early years were blighted by financial struggle and inconsistent performance on the pitch.
Naturally, a new team in Paris attracted a lot of interest from investors and fans alike, and they became more competitive in the 1980s, ultimately winning their first league title under the leadership of Gerard Houllier in 1985-86.
Difficult seasons followed, however, before the club again became a force to be reckoned with in the 1990s after being bought by TV network Canal+.
Investment into the first-team squad followed, and Les Parisiens finished in the top three in five consecutive seasons in the 90s, including a title win in 1993-94.
It was a glamourous club at this point, with world stars like George Weah and David Ginola lighting up the French capital.
Trophies were accumulated throughout this period, but it was short-lived. Financial strife returned before the turn of the century.
Ronaldinho brought a sprinkling of magic, and a few domestic trophies were won, but PSG were a long way from competing in the league.
Canal+ sold the club in 2006, and it changed hands again five years later with Qatari Sports Investment injecting historic sums into the team.
This sparked a period of unprecedented dominance. PSG won seven out of eight league titles in the 2010s, and continued to throw money at their team, including the world-record signing of Neymar and the acquisition of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.
PSG Honours List
Ligue 1 – 1985-86, 1993-94, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2021-22, 2022-23
Ligue 2 – 1970-71
Coupe de France – 1981-82, 1982-83, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21
Coupe de la Ligue – 1994-95, 1997-98, 2007-08, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup – 1995-96
UEFA Intertoto Cup – 2001
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