Last round was actually the first time this season when Angers managed to score twice on home ground (won 2-0 against Lille). But unfortunately appearances deceive as Angers’ offensive phase hasn’t improved at all.
Both their goals resulted from set pieces, as from open play it was impossible for Angers to get inside the penalty box. The only way of creating dangerous opportunities was with long balls from the flanks or from central midfield.
Angers kept a clean sheet but opponents weren’t exactly bursting with offensive power. It is true that Angers are very organized, but so far they have always collapsed under constant pressure.
PSG easily won over Troyes last week after dominating the entire game (finished 4-1). Although they have conceded, PSG are still rock solid in defense and that goal arrived late in extra time when players where already untying their shoelaces.
It’s been a busy schedule for PSG who are also involved in Champions League, so a couple of changes shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last round for example 18 years old Augustin scored his first Ligue1 goal this season after playing only about 10 minutes.
We may see more of Augustin, Ongenda, Marquinhos, and who knows what other surprises coach Blanc may have for us. One thing is for sure, there is always a perfect balance at PSG with enough experience and talent on the field to cruise past most sides.
Relying only on set pieces and long balls won’t be of much help against PSG. Angers will often find themselves under pressure and conceding a couple of goals will be a normal development. PSG -1.5 at 2.05
UPDATE: PSG will miss Van der Wiel, Verratti and Pastore.
Angers: Butelle, Letellier – Andreu, G.Angoula, Bouka-Moutou, R.Thomas, I.Traoré – Auriac, R.Camara, Capelle, Diers, Manceau, Mangani, C.N’Doye, Saïss – Karanovic, Ketkeophomphone, Sunu
PSG: Trapp, Sirigu – Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, David Luiz, Aurier – Di Maria, Lucas, Matuidi, Rabiot, Stambouli, Thiago Motta – Ongenda, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Augustin