Angers v Nimes – Stade Raymond Kopa – 19:00 GMT
Angers might have picked up a solitary success in their last six Ligue 1 encounters but Stephane Moulin’s men deserve immense credit for their early season efforts. Les Scoïstes are only a point off second-placed Marseille following their first 13 fixtures (W6-D3-L4) with six clean sheets kept already.
The Anjou outfit were held to a goalless draw at Reims before the international break, but despite finishing the game with 10 men following Angelo Fulgini’s second yellow card, Angers looked the most likely winners in Champagne country with goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle largely untroubled.
Moulin piled the praise on his players post-match, saying, “We had chances in both halves but [Angelo Fulgini’s] red card changed the game. In the end, our goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make. To be provisionally second was not our goal but I think the players like it and don’t want to let go.”
New signing Rachid Alioui was again Angers’ most effective forward player. Les Scoïstes’ top goalscorer was kept quiet at the Stade Auguste-Delaune, but it wasn’t for the want of trying. The former Nimes man has made a bright start to life with Angers and had a game-high four shots on goal as Moulin’s men pressed.
Angers can deliver another home triumph
A return home will be welcome for Angers. The hosts have collected 16 of their 21-point tally at their Stade Raymond Kopa base (W5-D1-L1) with four of their triumphs delivered by a margin of two goals or more. And there’s a solid argument to suggest the Anjou club can enhance that record against Nimes here.
Les Scoïstes have accumulated a positive 7.50 Expected Goals (xG) from open play compared to the concession of just 4.30 xG in the same metric when welcoming Ligue 1 opposition to the Raymond Kopa this term. And since the start of last season the home side have suffered just six defeats in 26 here.
On Saturday night Angers welcome rock-bottom Nimes with the visitors enjoying an extra week off due to the postponement of their contest with Rennes. Extra training time may have helped Bernard Blaquart’s boys but Les Crocodiles boast a 50% losing rate in road trips since promotion to France’s top-flight.
Nimes rank second from bottom in the xG ratio ratings, as well as 18го in xG from open play supremacy ladder, suggesting their lowly position in the Ligue 1 table is reflective of their on-field efforts. The strugglers could be in for more away day pain on Saturday night in their quest for top-tier survival.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Angers -0.50 at 1.800
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