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PSG predicted lineup vs Rennes - Ligue 1

Max Parsons
Lionel Messi is looking to score in successive Ligue 1 games for the first time
Lionel Messi is looking to score in successive Ligue 1 games for the first time / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Paris Saint-Germain host Rennes on Friday night, looking for a fourth successive Ligue 1 victory.

Mauricio Pochettino's men are enjoying a glorious run of form at the moment. Ignoring a disappointing Coupe de France exit to Nice, Les Parisiens have won three on the bounce in the league, comfortably seeing off Brest and Reims before thrashing champions Lille 5-1 last time out.

They face a tough test on Friday, however, aiming to overcome a Rennes side pushing for Champions League qualification.

This is how Pochettino could set his PSG team up.


1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Nuno Mendes is proving an exciting prospect
Nuno Mendes is proving an exciting prospect / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) - Hasn't managed to hold down the number one spot with competition but, with three clean sheets in his previous four Ligue 1 outings, could be selected again here.

Achraf Hakimi (RB) -
Was, of course, excellent on his return to PSG action against Lille following a brilliant individual Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

Marquinhos (CB) -
Uncharacteristically shaky at times in that thrashing of Les Dogues, but he's absolutely central to this team.

Presnel Kimpembe (CB) -
Sergio Ramos' absence should see Kimpembe pretty comfortably - and deservedly - keep his place.

Nuno Mendes (LB) - A left-back in the Alphonso Davies mould, this guy makes PSG worth watching on his own at times, honestly.

2. Midfielders

Danilo Pereira has found his scoring boots
Danilo Pereira has found his scoring boots / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Danilo Pereira (CM) - With three goals in his last three, the Portuguese has certainly earned another start here.

Leandro Paredes (CM) - The hearty warrior is in good form at the moment and, following an assist last time out, should be in line for a third consecutive Ligue 1 start.

Marco Verratti (CM) - Talking of form, Verratti has three goal involvements in his previous two league appearances and will definitely start for the fifth Ligue 1 game on the trot.

3. Forwards

Kylian Mbappe has suggested Lionel Messi is best in a central role
Kylian Mbappe has suggested Lionel Messi is best in a central role / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Xavi Simons (RW) - Angel Di Maria and Neymar are both absent and, although Mauro Icardi is an option, is this a chance to see the youngster given a chance instead?

Lionel Messi (CF) - Kylian Mbappe recently suggested Messi is best suited to a central role for PSG and, following his sublime showing in the 5-1 annihilation of Lille last time out, you can't really argue with that.

Kylian Mbappe (LW) - Has been simply delightful to watch all season, and we'll undoubtedly get to admire him once more on Friday night.


You can read 90min's preview of PSG vs Rennes here.

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