PSG had two extremely difficult games last week (played against Arsenal and Lyon), and now they may relax a bit and underestimate the opponent.
The schedule is really tight for PSG, with midweek games for three weeks in a row. Only 1 week passed, and we shouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of fringe players making the lineup. Fullback Meunier, defender Kimpembe and forward Jesse may be given a chance in Ligue1 games.
PSG control most games, especially in Ligue1, no matter if home or away, but they do have plenty of moments of relaxation when they seem very exposed.
PSG welcome back Di Maria, but will miss Kurzawa, Matuidi and Pastore.
Angers made a decent game last week against St Etienne, and could have won at least a point with a bit more focus (lost 2-1).
They missed two important players, and it seems those absences made all the difference. Defender Thomas and captain N’Doye will return to action this round, and the overall strength should increase.
So far Angers have scored almost 1 goal per game, but they have incredible potential in the attacking phase. Angers is one of the few Ligue1 sides who can create chances out of nothing, and score out of the blue. Their forwards are very solid and excel in ball control and shooting power.
Guests will miss defender Andreu who is suspended.
PSG conceded only once in home games so far, but given the busy schedule, their need to preserve energy, and Angers’ ability to be extremely efficient on counters, guests have pretty good chances of finding the net. ANGERS TO SCORE at around 2.37
PSG: Areola, Trapp – Aurier, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Meunier, Thiago Silva – Callegari, Krychowiak, Thiago Motta, Verratti – Augustin, Ben Arfa, Cavani, Di Maria, Jesé, Ikoné, Lucas
Angers: Michel, Petric, Manceau, Martinez, Pavlovic, Traoré, Thomas, Jean-Tahrat, Saihi, Santamaria, Ndoye, Mangani, Capelle, Tait, Sunu, Toko Ekambi, Pépé, Diedhiou