Saturday, 14 January 2017

Angers - Bordeaux

PICK: Bordeaux AH +0 @1,862 PINNACLE 4/10

Match between 16th and 10th placed team in French Ligue 1 will be played on Saturday at 20:00 on Stade Jean-Bouin in Angers.

Angers is one of the team who is facing the biggest squad problems right now. Two important players Ketkeophomphone and Andreu are still injured, while Ekambi, N'Doye, Diedhiou, and key player Pepe (wanted by Lyon) are all on African Cup of Nations! That things are even worse, Berigaud, Salhi, Letellier and Salhi are slightly injured but will probably be on squad as otherwise they will need to fulfil the team with youngsters. Last won of Angers in Ligue 1 was on 5th of November, when they won against Lille with 1-0. After that they won 2 points in 6 matches, and they had lots of work even with 4th league team Granville in Cup de France. 

Bordeaux is 6 places higher, but that's only 6 points and they need to take match as serious as possible. Menez won't be able to help the team as he is suspended. Bordeaux is one of teams who didn't lose not even one player because of AFC, and they are actually coming to Angers in almost full squad (excecpt Toure who played his last match on 1st of October last year). Important fact is that veteran Toulalan is ready to play.

Andreu is important left full back of Angers, and they are somehow without adequately substitution for him. Bordeaux right flank is the strongest part of the team (offensively), and that is "missmatch" which could be decisive. I don't expect easy win of away team, but I see them as favourites here and I am more than satisfied with odds bookmakers are giving to us. I even think that if teams would be full, without injuries, I would be on home side, but the one hand we have almost full Bordeaux, while on the other hand we have Angers with bunch of missing important players. One of the only "weapons" which could save Angers not to lose here is to score from set-piece opportunity, but also there.. they are short without missing players. Bordeaux is also much experienced team and in my opinion they will take all three points from Jean-Bouin.

FT: 1-1 void

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