Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain will take on Rennes in the French Super Cup, with the capital club still feeling hurt after the surprise loss in the Coupe de France final against the same opponents.
Superstar Kylian Mbappe told the club website ahead of the match that he and his teammates will be looking for the revenge:
“There’s definitely a little bit of revenge in the air for the team. The new season is starting and losing to Rennes in the Coupe de France final hurt us. For me, it is a new season and we’ll give everything in order to try to win the trophy.”
On paper, PSG are a far superior side, and the 39 points gap between these two teams last season is proof of PSG’s prowesses.
When Rennes met the Parisians in the French Cup Final, punters and the betting agencies threw all their support behind the mighty PSG, with the odds of 1/30 favoring Thomas Tuchel‘s side heading into that all-important final.
And when Tuchel’s team went up 2-0 after just 20 minutes, the title-win looked inevitable for the mighty PSG. But Rennes proved too stoic, first forcing a mistake as Presnel Kimpembe scored an own goal, and then center-back Edson André Sitoe headed in the leveler in the 66th minute.
Mbappe lost his cool in the extra-time, receiving a straight red card in the 118th minute while Rennes rode their luck as they went on to win the penalty shoot-out 6-5.
The French Super Cup match will be played between Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre, in Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. The ground has a capacity of 60,334.
The game will start at 05:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, August 03.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Paris Saint-Germain – L L W W L W
Rennes – W L W D L W
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Paris Saint-Germain Probable XI:
Alphonse Areola (GK), Juan Bernat, Abdou Diallo, Thilo Kehrer, Thomas Meunier, Marco Verratti, Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria, Jese, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani
Rennes FC Team News:
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Rennes Probable XI:
Tomas Koubek (GK), Damien Da Silva, Gerzino Nyamsi, Jeremy Gelin, Faitout Maouassa, James Lea Siliki, Jakob Johansson, Clement Grenier, Flavien Tait, Benjamin Bourigeaud, Adrien Hunou
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PSG vs REN Dream11 potential winner:
PSG will start the match as firm favorites.