Sports Mole presents Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between Angers and Strasbourg, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Strasbourg will continue to seek their first win of the Ligue 1 campaign as they also aim to try and climb out of the relegation zone on Sunday when they travel to face Angers.
This match brings together two teams that are not very confident as the hosts might have a few wins to their name, but they also sit just above the bottom four.
Angers have had a very inconsistent start to the campaign in their first nine games with two wins, two draws and five defeats.
The most recent of these defeats came last weekend against Marseille in a tough game that ended in a 3-0 defeat.
It ended a positive spell for Angers as they had won back-to-back games before this one, and they now hope to get straight back to winning ways this Sunday.
No team have conceded more goals in Ligue 1 at this stage than the hosts, and this is an area of concern for the team to focus on.
This is especially true at home where they’ve been weaker defensively, which isn’t ideal heading into this particular game.
The visitors are in an equally difficult situation at the moment as they are second last in the league and they are winless so far.
Strasbourg are the only Ligue 1 side to not have won a game so far, but they have ended up drawing five of their nine matches so far.
Julien StephanThe men of have proven that they are capable of being competitive in their games, without pushing things to win the three points.
This is the main reason why Strasbourg currently find themselves in the relegation zone, but if they are able to secure a victory on Sunday, that could change if further results arise.
However, Strasbourg head into this fixture after back-to-back defeats, the most recent being a 3-1 loss to Rennes.
Form Angers Ligue 1:
Strasbourg Ligue 1 form:
Nuno Tavares will be an option for Angers again this weekend after serving his one-match ban last week due to suspension.
However, one player the club has been missing lately is Eric Baillyas the experienced defender has recently been dealing with a thigh problem.
Strasbourg will be without Gerzino Nyamsi this Sunday because he was sent off in their loss to Rennes, which will force at least a change in defense.
Karol Fila is someone who could end up being brought into the starting line-up to replace him, with the visitors hoping for a better defensive performance this time around.
Possible starting line-up for Angers:
Fofana; Valery, Amadou, Blazic, Doumbia; Mendy, Bentaleb; Ounahi, Hunou, Boufal; Sima
Possible starting line-up from Strasbourg:
salts; Djiku, Fila, The Merchant; Pierre-Gabriel, Bellegarde, Diarra, Aholou, Liénard; Gameiro, Diallo
They say: Angers 1-1 Strasbourg
Angers head into this game as the favorite to win simply because they’re higher up in the standings and have slightly stronger momentum right now.
However, Strasbourg have proven they are capable of being competitive in games which could lead to another draw for them this time around.
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