Angers vs Saint-Etienne: prediction for the Ligue 1 match
In recent years Angers became a solid mid-table team of Ligue 1. Sometimes team is looking great, but there is still lack of consistency and options for rotation.
It is the 29th season in the top-flight division of French football for the White-Blacks. So far team failed to get any higher than the 3rd place, thought it happened more than 50 years ago.
Team failed to achieve success in the French Cup, at the first stage Gerald Baticle's team suffered a defeat to amateur club Linas-Montlhery (0:2).
Team got seven victories and eight draws in Ligue 1, which brought 29 points and a 12th position in the standings. We should note that team scored and conceded the same number of goals - 28. After a short winter break hosts drew to Lorient (0:0) and then recorded an easy home victory over Troyes (2:1).
Cho, Ould Khaled and Thomas won't feature in the match. Ebosse, Ounahi, Boufal and Bahoken are away on international duty.
Nine-time champions and six-time holders of French Cup are not so impressive lately and current results of the team are terrible. We should note that team got off to a successful start in the French Cup, Saint-Etienne beat Lyon-Ducherre (1:0) and Jura Sud (4:1).
But victories over amateur clubs are not impressive. Situation in Ligue 1 is much worse. After 21 rounds of the current season Pascal Dupraz' men have only two victories and six draws, which brought 12 points and a bottom spot in the standings.
Team has the worst offensive record in the league, they scored only 18 goals so far. Saints' losing streak is currently on seven matches. In 2022 visitors were defeated by Lens (1:2) and Lyon (0:1).
Trauco, Gnagnon, Hamouma and Boudebouz won't feature in the match. Khazri, Sow, Noupa, Mukundi, Buanga are away on international duty.
This bet played in 3 out of 5 most recent matches of Angers
This bet played in 4 out of 6 most recent matches of Angers
Angers won 2 out of 5 most recent head-to-head matches
In 3 out of 6 most recent matches of the visitors penalties were given
Angers recorded a victory on previous Sunday and proved that team is in a wonderful form, despite some problems with the squad. Saint-Etienne are going down now and an absence of team's key players made the situation even more catastrophic. We think that the White-Blacks will take control at home and will pick up much needed three points.
Our prediction - Angers to win the match
We think that the difference in class won't lead to a blowout today. But we are also not expecting a sensation from the visitors. We believe that hosts will be able to record a comfortable victory by two goals.
Our second bet is on Angers to win by two goals