It was a one way game between Nantes and Angers last round and the final result was fully justified (Nantes won 2-0).
Angers won only 2 points in the last 7 rounds, and it seems they ran out of gas way before the season finished. Although there are many rounds to be played and the situation is tight in the upper half, Angers are very comfortable in the middle of the table and aren’t very motivated.
Lately they had some problems with injuries and suspensions, but now everyone is fully fit but Angers still struggle to get back on the right track.
For example, in the last two rounds they barely had a decent shot on target.
Lorient are also somewhere in the middle of the table, right next to Angers, but their attitude is different, as they are very determined in each game.
They have extremely talented attacking players (Waris, Cabot, Moukandjo) and focus mostly on the offensive phase. They don’t neglect the defense, but the emphasis is always on what they can achieve upfront.
Lorient can be very efficient down the wings, thanks to superior speed, stamina and ball control.
Forward Moukandjo will once again miss due to injury.
Lorient have been the ones more convincing in performances lately, but even if they aren’t running at full capacity, Angers can be pretty difficult opponents. With nothing to push for, both sides may be happy with splitting points in the end.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Angers: Angers : Letellier, Petric – Andreu, G.Angoula, Bourillon, Manceau, R.Thomas, Is.Traoré – Auriac, Bouka-Moutou, Capelle, Diers, Mangani, C.Ndoye, Saïss – Karanovic, Ketkeophomphone, Sunu, M.Yattara
Lorient: Lorient : Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Paye, Rose, Z.Touré, Musavu-King, Bellugou, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Cabot, Mesloub, Ndong, Abdullah, Jouffre, Philippoteaux – Jeannot, Waris