Rennes vs Bordeaux
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Friday, 20-11-2020 @9pm
Rennes have been one of the best teams in the league so far although their recent form has not been good with just 1 victory in their last five matches and the club has earned just 5 points from their last available 15.
The home sides last game ended in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of PSG although the last time they were at home they beat Brest 2-1. From their 5 games played at home so far they have lost just once and overall the club are in 3rd place in the league with 18 points. A win would see them go 2nd until Lille play Lorient on Saturday.
Bordeaux come into this game having lost back to back matches and are down in 12th place and currently six points behind their hosts. The club have recorded just 1 win in their last four encounters which came against Nimes. Away from home Bordeaux’s record is poor with 3 defeats from four games played, they haven’t won on the road since August.
Rennes may well be able to field teenage prodigy Eduardo Camavinga in this game if the young midfielder passes his fitness test. Daniele Rugani and Faitout Maouassa are injured and have been ruled out.
Bordeaux centre-back Mexer is currently injured and will be unavailable for this game. With Pablo also suspended, Laurent Koscielny is likely to take his place in the starting eleven. Samuel Kalu has returned to training with the rest of the squad but might not be risked in this game.
Last season this fixture ended 1-0 to Rennes. Bordeaux have not won at Roazhon Park in the league since 2013.
Monaco vs PSG
Stade Luis II Stadium, Monaco
Friday, 20-11-2020 @11pm
Arguably one of the biggest fixtures to take place in France will be taking place on Friday evening when Monaco meet PSG at home. Only two clubs have won the league since 2012 and it is these two, so we should expect a cracking game of football.
Monaco have dropped 13 points this season but in their last few weeks before the international break they showed some encouraging signs by winning 2 games in a row. They beat Bordeaux and Nice scoring six goals in those two matches.
As a result Monaco have risen to sixth place and are only 2 points behind Lille in 2nd . Still there is a 7 point gap to league leaders PSG.
PSG have pulled 5 points clear at the top of the league from Lille and that is no mean feat after the champions had started slowly this season. But the club have been on a fantastic run which has saw them win seven games in a row.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have an incredible goalscoring record, notching in 26 goals so far from 10 games and only conceding 3. Currently PSG has the 2nd best away record in the league with 4 wins and 1 defeat and that includes winning their last four in a row. They have conceded just 1 goal away from home also.
Monaco full-back Ruben Aguilar, is suspended, while goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte has a broken hand. Aleksandr Golovin’s hamstring injury continues to keep him out of action. Monaco’s talismanic striker Wissam ben Yedder is ruled out after he tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
PSG should have their superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe available for selection again, after they were out for a couple of weeks before the international break. Neymar had to leave the Brazil camp early, but he is said to be recovering well, and is in contention to start on Friday. Mbappe featured for France in the UEFA Nations League clash against Sweden in the week, and is certain to start this game for PSG. Moise Kean, Pablo Sarabia, Mauro Icardi, Idrissa Gueye and Julian Draxler are all ruled out with injuries.
Last season PSG came to Monaco and beat them in this fixture 4-1. PSG have scored 21 goals against Monaco in their last five league meetings. Monaco have not beaten PSG in the league since 2016.
The other upcoming Ligue One fixtures this weekend
-Brest vs Saint Etienne @7pm
-Olympique Marseille vs Nice @11pm
-Nantes vs Metz @3pm
-Dijon vs Lens @5pm
-Montpellier vs Strasbourg @5pm
-Reims vs Nimes @5pm
-Angers vs Olympique Lyon @7pm
-Lille vs Lorient @11pm