Prematch: Angers SCO vs Paris Saint Germain
Angers hope to avoid an early date with relegation ahead of their clash against Paris Saint-Germain.
Published: April 18, 2023 01:43
Les Noirs et Blancs have suffered three defeats in five matches and look to escape early relegation with victory against PSG at Stade Raymond Kopa this Friday at 20:00 (GMT+1). The match begins.
Angers Falls to Clermont Despite Numerical Superiority, Now at Risk of Earliest Relegation Since 2015/16
On Saturday afternoon at Stade Gabriel Montpied, Angers fell to Clermont by 2-1 despite playing all of the second half with numerical superiority. Adrien Hunou (29′) opened scoring just seconds before half time at Stade Gabriel Montpied. Grejohn Kyei (33) and Cham (39′ P.) scored goals that turned the tide, forcing Les Noirs et Blancs (LLDWL). As a result, Les Rouges et Blancs now stand with only 14 points after 3 wins, 5 draws, and 23 losses; those at the bottom now look forward to trying their luck against Les Rouges et Noirs again next weekend! Angers has struggled to score consistently in Ligue 1, scoring only 24 goals over 31 matches – an inconsistent goal ratio of 0.77 G/G. Meanwhile they have conceded 66 goals at 2.13 goals conceded per game – ranking second worst defensively behind Troyes [67 goals]. Additionally, PSG have won their last 13 meetings against their hosts with one result loss each time, conceding an astonishing 39 goals over this span. Therefore, Friday will be crucial in terms of Black and White chances. Though they haven’t suffered defeat at home in L1, if Brest and Nantes both win and Auxerre avoid defeat here it would mean automatic relegation to Division 3. Should this scenario arise, it would mark the earliest relegation since Troyes in 2015/16 on Match Day 32 (excluding when their season was cut short due to Coronavirus outbreak [2019/2020]), with Himad Abdelli and Ibrahima Niane set to lead attack for Alexandre Dujeux while Nabil Bentaleb remains suspended due to receiving yellow card punishment from referee Claude Nobs.
PSG Secure Unprecedented Streak with Three Goals from Mbappe, Vitinha and Messi; Mourinho and Kane Rumoured to be on the Horizon.
PSG had an easy win against 10-man Lens with three goals from Mbappe (31′), Vitinha (37′) and Messi (40′) leading them to victory, WLLWW. Paris now leads the table by eight points with 72 points [23 wins, 3 draws, and 5 losses] across all competitions [23 wins, 3 draws and no defeats in 28 games against Angers across all competitions; 21 wins 7 draws 0 defeats]. This remains an unprecedented unbeaten streak against one opponent within this competition. Christophe Galtier previously employed a 3-5-2 formation featuring Mbappe and Messi as attackers and appears likely to repeat that approach for this game against Angers. There has been speculation surrounding Galtier’s future; reports now suggest Jose Mourinho could replace him next season at Paris Saint-Germain while Harry Kane may also feature as PSG consider him for their managerial seat next term. On Tuesday Marco Verratti returned to training and may feature against Angers.