Disappointing result for Angers last week away at Rennes. They opened the score very early, and made their usual game, but somehow opponents managed to score twice against the run of play.
Furthermore Angers had a perfectly valid goal disallowed in the final moments, and in these conditions the defeat was even more damaging (lost 2-1).
Angers also lost forward Capelle who got a red card and will be suspended.
All in all, it was an unfair result that surely affected the morale levels.
It will take a while for Angers to find some stability and put together a couple of consecutive victories.
Lyon’s game against Bordeaux last round wasn’t as easy the the final scoreline suggests (Lyon won 3-0). Although Lyon held more possession, Bordeaux created the best of chances but couldn’t find the net.
Lyon made the difference only in the final moments when they scored twice and sealed the fate of the game.
Lyon seem to have a creativity problem nowadays. Both Valbuena and Grenier are in a standstill and most their passes don’t make any difference anymore. Forward Lacazette has alternating performances and easily goes from one extreme to the other. Last round he was very active and showed increased playing appetite, but with Lacazette there is no assurance he will perform at the same standards next round.
Lyon are definitely more confident, but will have a hard time trying to enter opponents’ penalty box, especially since Angers are usually highly organized and don’t leave any open spaces.
UPDATE: In comparison to last round Lyon welcome back defender Kone after injury.
Angers: Letellier, Petric – Andreu, Angoula, Bouka-Moutou, Bourillon, Manceau, R.Thomas, Is.Traoré – Benrahma, Diers, Ketkéophomphone, Mangani, Ndoye, Saïss – Nsamé, Sunu, Yattara
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Morel, Jallet, B.Koné – Darder, Ferri, Tolisso, Gonalons, Grenier, Valbuena, Ghezzal – Kalulu, Lacazette, Cornet