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PSG to Remain Perfect

Rennes Up Next for Ligue 1 Leaders

Just eight games into the Ligue 1 season, PSG has managed to get out to a nine-point lead over second-place Lens. PSG’s perfect start to the season will be on the line as it heads to Rennes.

The Parisian juggernauts are an unsurprising soccer betting favorite and going for a ninth straight win to open up the season.

Idrissa Gana Gueye celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League
FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Game: Stade Rennais F.C. vs Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Location: Roazhon Park, Rennes, France

Date/Time: Sunday, 7 a.m. ET

Team Goal Line Moneyline Over/Under Team Total
Rennes +½ (+120) +360 3 (-110o) ½ -230o/+180u
PSG -½ (-150) -150 3 (-120u) 1½ -160o/+130u
Draw +330

Head to Head

Last season, PSG defeated Rennes 3-0 in Paris but drew 1-1 at Roazhon Park. PSG last won at Rennes in 2018 but is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings, home or away.

Erratic Results for Rennes

Coming into the Matchweek 7 game vs Clermont, Rennes had lost three consecutive games in Ligue 1 and been shut out in each. SRFC had a disappointing 1-3-2 record and was one of the more disappointing early-season soccer picks.

Then, Rennes exploded for six goals vs Clermont en route to a shutout victory. The result was much needed to boost the morale of a struggling side lingering around the relegation zone. Five different players got on the scoresheet and winger Kamal Deen Sulamana scored two goals in a two-minute span.

Since then, Rennes drew 1-1 with Bordeaux in a game it would have fancied to win after having the better chances. Rennes qualified for the UEFA Conference League based on its sixth-place finish last year and opened up the inaugural tournament with a 2-2 draw vs Tottenham.

Let’s not forget that this is a team that played in the Champions League last season, albeit finishing last in its group, but with a well-balanced roster. It sits in 13th after eight matches but should start climbing the table with some favorable matchups upcoming.

PSG Keeps Getting Better

Paris Saint-Germain has a nearly unfair level of talent on its roster and it hasn’t even necessarily been on full display.

That’s what makes PSG’s perfect 8-0 start so dangerous. Even when not at its best, PSG is capable of dominating Ligue 1 and should have its best chance to win an elusive Champions League trophy this season.

PSG’s UCL campaign opened up on a sour note as the forward trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe struggled in a 1-1 draw vs Club Brugge. Following a few frustrating appearances, Messi finally scored his first PSG goal at a huge moment.

The Parisians were 1-0 up vs visitors Manchester City in a blockbuster matchup and Messi put the game to bed with a beautiful finish. Perhaps that’s a sign of things to come and defenses should be very worried about the prospect of PSG’s forwards firing on all cylinders.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was immense in goal vs City and kept a clean sheet despite an attacking barrage. He hasn’t been first choice in Ligue 1 matches to this point but something tells me that’ll be coming soon.

Up to this point, the most important summer signing has not been Messi or Donnarumma, but Moroccan international right back Achraf Hakimi. He helped Inter Milan win a first scudetto in a decade last season and has hit the ground running in France. Hakimi has scored three goals in the league, including both for PSG in a recent 2-1 win vs Metz.

PSG should continue to be one of the best teams for betting online, especially as all of the talent continues to jell.

Prediction

PSG once again looks like a great bet in the sportsbook. At -150, the Parisians have an implied 66.7 percent chance of winning this match.

Those odds are excellent for a team that has started 8-0, defeated Man City earlier in the week and is playing a Rennes team with just two days’ rest.

Rennes heads to Vitesse on Thursday for a Conference League match and tired legs could help to sink its fortunes vs an in-form PSG.

Pick: PSG (-150)

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