Angers lost their most important player this summer: midfielder NDoye. He was the indisputable leader in midfield and a constant presence both in the defensive and attacking phase. It will be almost impossible for Angers to replace N’Doye. Most probably midfielder Mangani will try to take over his tasks.
Besides NDoye, Angers also lost 2 forwards: Diedhiou and Pepe. Crivelli, Fulgini and Guillame arrived instead, and the offensive department looks good, with decent options on the bench as well.
Angers will use the same 4-3-3 system like last season. Angers have 6 forwards and most probably there will be constant rotation in the attacking line.
Bordeaux were eliminated from Europa League, but that’s not necessarily bad news for those of us who took “Bordeaux to finish top 3”. They were a bit sloppy in the first half, got a red card, and it was almost impossible to get back in the game, even if opponents also remained in 10 with about 20 minutes to go (Videoton – Bordeaux 1-0).
Bordeaux have huge potential down the flanks, but are yet to find a way to fully exploit it. Players are still concentrated more on the central area, instead of distributing play down the wings.
Hosts will miss new forward Crivelli (suspended).
I think we should stay away from betting on or against Angers, until we see how they perform without N’Doye, and if their game plan will change in comparison to last season.
Angers: Letellier, Michel, Manceau, Traoré, Thomas, Capelle, Andreu, Mangani, Santamaria, Coulibaly, Fulgini, Guillaume, Sunu, Pavolovic, Toko Ekambi, Tarhat, Ciss, Tait.
Bordeaux: Benoît Costil, Jérôme Prior – Youssouf Sabaly, Milan Gajic, Jérémy Toulalan, Igor Lewczuk, Vukasin Jovanovic, Théo Pellenard – Lukas Lerager, Jaroslav Plasil, Younousse Sankharé, Valentin Vada, Zaydou Youssouf – Gaetan Laborde, Malcom, François Kamano, Alexandre Mendy, Thomas Touré.