This is not such a good moment for Angers who are coming after three consecutive defeats. Angers were surprisingly slow and uninspired last week away at PSG, and in these conditions the final result was of no surprise (PSG won 5-1).
It’s not a coincidence that the poor results started exactly when midfielder Mangani got injured. He is a central midfielder, involved both in the defensive and attacking phase. Angers is the most dangerous Ligue1 side when it comes to set pieces and Mangani is their specialist. Angers scored 29% of their goals from set pieces, while the Ligue1 average is 11%.
Mangani should return pretty soon from injury, but until that happens Angers will continue to struggle.
Excellent performance from Monaco last round against Toulouse (won 4-0). It took Monaco a while to get started, as they appeared a bit hesitant in the first 20 minutes, but once they started imposing the rythm Monaco dominated until the final whistle.
Attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva was in great form, scored a goal and delivered an assist, and was involved in most of Monaco’s actions. Sadly, this doesn’t happen regularly and usually Monaco struggle in the offensive phase and seem to lack creativity.
Defensively Monaco looked very solid and confident, and opponents couldn’t really find any open spaces to exploit. Since Angers aren’t exactly very inventive in the attacking phase, hosts will have major problems in creating real scoring opportunities.
Forward Traore suffered an injury last week and most likely will sit out.
It will be almost impossible for Angers to find the net relying solely on set pieces. Form is definitely on Monaco’s side, who should be able to take advantage of Angers’ decline. Monaco -0.25 at 2.00
UPDATE: Monaco will miss defender Echiejile, midfielders Toulalan and Lemar, and forwards Cavaleiro and Traore. Newly arrived forward Vagner Love can make his first appearance for Monaco. Good news for Angers who welcome back midfielder Mangani.
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Sy – R.Carvalho, Coentrao, Fabinho, Raggi, Wallace, N’Doram – T.Bakayoko, H.Costa, Dirar, Moutinho, Pasalic, Ber.Silva, Tirard – Carrillo, Chaïbi, Vagner Love
Angers: Alexandre Letellier (30), Denis Petric – Gaël Angoula (2), Arnold Bouka-Moutou (3), Grégory Bourillon (6), Vincent Manceau (29), Romain Thomas (24), Ismaël Traoré – Saïd Benrahama (25), Pierrick Capelle (15), Charles Diers (20), Thomas Mangani (5), Cheikh Ndoye (17), Romain Saïss (27)- Billy Ketkéophomphone (14), Slimane Sissoko (11), Gilles Sunu (10), Mohamed Yattara (9)