Playing without two of their best players (forward Sunu and midfielder NDoye) proved to be too much for Angers and they got overwhelmed when opponents started the 2nd half in force (lost 3-1 to Lorient).
Angers have a new player, forward Karanovic who seems to be pretty skilled and made a good impression in Switzerland where he used to score around 8, 9 goals per season. Remains to be seen if he will adapt to Ligue1 which is undoubtedly a much more powerful tournament. Either way, Sunu will take back his place in the lineup as soon as he recovers from injury.
Angers’ good start of the season was not just a passing moment when they overachieved because of playing in Ligue1 for the first time. The team is very disciplined, with clear tactics and talented players, able to resist until the final whistle and take advantage of opponents’ mistake.
Angers will once again miss forward Sunu but welcome back midfielder NDoye.
Really poor performance from Troyes last round as they got heavily outplayed by Caen on home ground (lost 3-1). The performance is even more shameful since Troyes played against 10 for almost an entire half but only managed to score a goal in extra time.
Troyes are third from the bottom at the moment but according to what happened last week they play the worst football in the tournament.
Upfront there is no clear strategy and balls are simply thrown in the air hoping that someone will eventually push the ball inside the net. Defenders make tackles so reckless that they endanger themselves as well. Defender Mavinga even suffered an injury and was substituted in the first half (most probably will miss this round).
Troyes looks like a chaotic team at the moment with no game plan and poor chemistry levels. Hosts are exactly at the opposite end, and if form, tactics and value play a role in the final outcome then Angers shouldn’t have much problems in taking all points. Angers -0.5 at 2.19
UPDATE: Troyes welcome back midfielders Darbion and Ayasse
Angers: Butelle, Letellier – Andreu, Is.Traoré, Manceau, G.Angoula, R.Thomas – Auriac, Ch.Ndoye, R.Camara, Capelle, Diers, Mangani, Saïss, Serin – Doré, Ketkéophomphone, Sl.Sissoko
Troyes: Dreyer, Petric – Karaboué, Mavinga, Ngcongca, Othon, Saunier, Veskovac – Ayasse, Ben Saada, Darbion, Camus, Court, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – Bienvenu, Jean