It was disappointing for Angers to lose in extra time last round (Rennes won 1-0), but the reality is Rennes dominated most of the game and the goal was fully deserved.
Angers failed to score in the last two rounds, and unfortunately it may take a while for them to improve. This round they will have to do without a couple of key players: forward Sunu and midfielders N’Doye, Mangani and Saiss who are suspended. So Angers will have 4 suspended players, 3 of which are extremely important.
Striker Sunu and midfielders N’Doye and Mangani are by far Angers’ best players, and without them hosts will be unrecognizable.
Coach Moulin will have to improvise a central midfield, and we shouldn’t rule out a change in formation.
Montpellier were a bit lucky to take all points last week, seeing that opponents constantly pushed the game forward and missed a few great opportunities (won 2-0 against Toulouse).
The bad news is that midfielder Boudebouz seems to be in poor form, as he missed many simple passes and often lost possession. Boudebouz delivered an assist, but overall his performance was poor.
It will be hard for Montpellier without Boudebouz in good form, especially since they will miss midfielder Martin due to suspension.
In normal conditions hosts would have had the upper hand. But since Angers are without their best players, this should be a balanced encounter, played mostly in midfield, with neither side willing to take any risks.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Angers: Letellier, Petric – G.Agoula, Bouka-Moutou, Bourillon, Manceau, R.Thomas, I.Traoré – Auriac, Benrahma, Capelle, Diers, N’Gosso, Serin – Karanovic, Nsamé, M.Yattara, Ketkéophomphone
Montpellier: Ligali, Bertaud – Deplagne, Bensebaini, W.Rémy, Hilton, Congré, Roussillon – Sotoca, Skhiri, Saihi, B.Dabo, Boudebouz – So.Camara, Bérigaud, Ninga, M.Yatabaré, Bakar