Angers v Dijon – Stade Raymond Kopa at 19:00 GMT +1
Few Ligue 1 teams can match Angers for consistency and continuity. Les Scoistes are led by long-term boss Stephane Moulin – in his ninth season in the dugout – as the club from western France bid to extend their four-year stay in the top-tier.
The functional rather than flashy hosts opened their account with a routine 3-1 victory over Bordeaux at their Stade Raymond Kopa base with Jeff Reine-Adelaide particularly impressing. Soon after starring, the in-demand former Arsenal youth ace signed a big-money deal with Lyon to leave Angers.
A gentleman’s agreement between the clubs prevented Reine-Adelaide from playing when Angers travelled to Lyon the week after. Moulin’s men were put to the sword in a 6-0 defeat that day, however, on closer inspection, Les Scoistes’ heavy defeat was a little unfair with clinical finishing chiefly responsible.
Angers fancied on home soil
Angers returned to form with a resounding 3-0 victory over Metz last week. “We did what Angers does,” explained Moulin, for whom the newly signed Rachid Alioui scored the third and final goal. “The idea was to bounce back and reaffirm our values and our strengths. The team and the squad as a whole stood up.”
Staying at the Stade Raymond Kopa this weekend, Angers can be expected to put in another strong performance. Despite concluding the last campaign in the bottom-half, Moulin’s men pierced the top-10 for ratio returns in Expected Goals (xG), xG from open play, as well as shots from inside the penalty area.
Les Scoistes were one of only nine clubs to end last season with a positive Expected Goals (xG) difference, whilst only seven sides suffered fewer overall defeats. Half of the hosts losses came against top four finishes with Angers falling to a total of only five defeats in front of their home supporters.
The hosts are rated 1.79 shot to overcome a -0.50 Asian Handicap hurdle for the arrival of Dijon and that’s a selection that holds plenty of appeal. The visitors have registered a solitary goal and are the only pointless Ligue 1 team after three rounds of action following losses against Bordeaux, Toulouse and Sainte Etienne.
Dijon only narrowly avoided the drop last term and are routinely dreadful travellers. Les Moutardes have returned 14 (70%) defeats in 20 games as guests since the beginning of last season, failing to even score on 15 (75%) occasions.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Angers -0.50 at 1.790
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.