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Angers SCO take on visiting rivals Montpellier at Stade Raymond-Kopa in the Ligue 1 meeting on Sunday.
Our Angers SCO v Montpellier predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Angers SCO prepare for this game following on from a 0-0 Ligue 1 drawn result against Brest.
In that game, Angers SCO managed 49% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 5 on target. On the other side, Stade Brestois 29 had 11 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
Their more recent scorelines really do illustrate the point that much respect should be given to the Angers SCO rearguard. Les Scoïstes have given the opposition little, seeing the number of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their previous 6 games standing at 3. While that may be of interest, it remains to be seen whether the trend might persist in this next game or not.
Coming into this fixture, Angers SCO are without a home win in the past 3 league games.
Montpellier head into the match after a 3-1 Ligue 1 win with the defeat of Girondins de Bordeaux in their most recent match.
In that match, Montpellier managed 43% possession and 23 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target. For Montpellier, goals were scored by Junior Sambia (35'), Gaëtan Laborde (58') and Stephy Mavididi (69'). Girondins de Bordeaux had 13 shots on goal with 3 on target. Ui-Jo Hwang (28') was the scorer for Girondins de Bordeaux.
The numbers tell their own story, and Montpellier have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 5 goals in total. Defensively, La Paillade have not been doing too well.
Looking at their past form shows that Montpellier:
- have not won against Angers SCO when they've played them away from home in the last 4 matches in the league. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their last 4 away league matches.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels going back to 03/02/2018, there has been little between the sides with Angers SCO winning 2 of those games, Montpellier 2 and 2 being drawn in regulation time.
A total of 14 goals were produced between them in this period, with 6 of them from Les Scoïstes and 8 coming from La Paillade. That is an average goals per game value of 2.33.
The last league meeting between the two was Ligue 1 match day 4 on 20/09/2020 and the score finished Montpellier 4-1 Angers SCO.
In that match, Montpellier managed 51% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target. The goalscorers were Arnaud Souquet (18'), Andy Delort (43', 60') and Florent Mollet (86').
Angers SCO got 14 shots at goal with 3 on target. Stéphane Bahoken (25') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Stephanie Frappart.
Team News: Angers SCO
Angers SCO manager Stéphane Moulin doesn’t have any fitness worries at all coming into this game owing to a fully healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Montpellier
In an otherwise healthy group of players, there is only the sole fitness problem for the Montpellier gaffer Michel Der Zakarian to be concerned about. Ambroise Oyongo (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be in action.
Montpellier and Angers SCO may both find scoring difficult here.
Let’s see what happens, but it could well be that we end up with scores level and two clean sheets. We’re therefore seeing a tight encounter with a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Raymond-Kopa (18,752)
Captain: Ismaël Traoré
Chairman: Saïd Chabane
Manager: Stéphane Moulin
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 10, Coupe De France (1/8 Finals)
⭐ Key Man: Stéphane Bahoken
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Stéphane Bahoken was born in Grasse, France. After having made a senior debut playing for Nice in the 2010 - 2011 season, the gifted Forward has scored a sum of 5 league goals in this Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 season so far coming from a total of 22 appearances.