Sports Mole preview Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between Angers and Troyes, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
trouble will welcome Troyes to the Stade Jean-Bouin on Sunday afternoon for their Ligue 1 game.
The two teams, currently sitting in the bottom half of the table, drew 1-1 in the second leg in September last year.
Although Angers went down a man in the 14th minute and then failed to score a single shot on target for the 90 minutes, Angers managed to hold a goalless draw at Lorient last weekend.
Gerald Baticle will have been pleased with his side’s fitness and resilience to take a point considering it was their first game in 25 days.
That result for Angers also ended a run of three straight defeats in all competitions and has put them nine points clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone with a game in hand.
After a brilliant start to the season, winning four and drawing four from their first nine league games, the Black and Whites have won just two of their last 11 games since then and are eight points behind European places.
However, Angers have lost just one of their five high-profile encounters with Troyes, giving Baticle’s side hope to return to winning ways this weekend.
Troyes ended a five-game winless streak in all competitions as they secured a narrow 1-0 away win over ten-man Montpellier on Wednesday.
The sacking of Montpellier’s captain and key-maker Teji Tedy Savanier In the final half hour, ESTAC secured the advantage and they broke through as they delivered a brilliant 20-yard volleyball Xaver Chavalerin flew to the top left corner to seal all three points for the visitors.
Bruno IrlesThe SV team was initially only one point above the relegation zone and although they remain in 15th place, they are now three points away from the danger zone.
Last season’s Ligue 2 champions will seek their first straight away win in the top flight since September-October 2001 when they meet Angers on Sunday.
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Angers left-back Souleyman Doumbia will be serving a one-game ban following his red card last weekend Pierrick Capelle start as a result.
Sofiane Boufal, Azzedine Ounahi, Enzo Ebosse and Stephane Bahoken are also missing as they remain in international use at the Africa Cup of Nations.
centre-back RomanThomas Remains questionable with back problems, says midfielder Batista Mendy is expected to fill again in the heart of the defenses next door Ismael Traore and Vincent Manceau.
January signing Nabil Bentaleb, who joined Angers as a free agent earlier this month, is facing his first home game for the club after making his debut against Montpellier.
As for Troyes, Adil Rami, Renaud Ripart, Karim Azum and Youssouf Kone are all doubtful through injury and will be assessed before kick-off while Yoann Touzghar, mom bucket, Rominigue Kouame and Now Kabore are in AFCON action.
signing Abdu Conte is not eligible to play this weekend, so right-back Giulian Biancone is expected to stay in the first XI, with Oulid El Hajjam work on the opposite flank.
Luxembourg forward Gerson Rodrigues, who has not scored since making his debut for the club in September, is set to get another start alongside him in attack Tristan Dingome.
Anger’s possible starting line-up:
Petkovic; Manceau, Traoré, Mendy; Cabot, Bentaleb, Mangani Capelle; Fulgini; Ninga, Cho
Troye’s possible starting line-up:
Gallon; Giraudon, Salmier, Palmer-Brown; El Hajjam, Tardieu, Chavalerin, Chambost, Biancone; Dingom; Rodrigues
We say: Angers 1-1 Troyes
Neither Angers nor Troyes will be able to name their strongest starting line-ups on Saturday, meaning we could see more even competition at the Stade Jean-Bouin. With little to separate the two teams, a tie could be on the cards.