PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs Stade Rennais
Venue: Parc des Princes
Date: 13th May 2012
Kick-Off: 20:00 (GMT)
Today will prove to be decisive in the Ligue 1 title race in the penultimate weekend of the season. Paris Saint-Germain could find themselves back on top of the pile heading into next weekend if all goes according to plan.
First and foremost, victory at home to Rennes this evening is imperative. Anything less will surely – despite the unpredictability of the campaign – will end any aspirations of clinching a third league title in the club’s 42 years of history. Although PSG need to take care of their own business, most of the eyes in France and indeed across Europe will be fixated on the events at the Stade de la Mosson. Current champions Lille host leaders Montpellier in a mammoth rendezvous which will either loosen LOSC’s grip on their title or set the tone for an incredible finish to the season with the title being decided on the last day.
As was discussed in an article on site earlier this week, PSG can ill afford to slip up. They visit a team who has just come off the back of a defeat to Montpellier and will be itching to act out a backlash against another title contender.
Frederic Antonetti’s side have had yet another fantastic season and find themselves in fifth heading into tonight. They will want to finish there and improve on last season’s sixth place position ahead of the likes of Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux and Toulouse who are all jockeying for positions.
An ironic twist could occur if Carlo Ancelotti’s defence does not quell the threat of former Parisien striker Mevlut Erding who makes his first return to the Parc since departing back in January. He has bagged four goals for his new club and will be eager to prove a point or two, even if it means costing his former club a chance of clinching the championship.
Injury wise for Les Parisiens, Christophe Jallet has made the squad but whether or not he participates remains to be seen. The ever consistent full-back took a whack to his thigh at Camp des Loges during Thursday’s training session putting his contention in doubt. Milan Bisevac is definitely out with a groin problem and Thiago Motta is suspended.