Angers failed to be more convincing in the last match on the road against Brest when they had a goalless game.
The guests opened the match more aggressively, creating several decent opportunities, deserving to score, but failed to be more concrete at the finishing. The second part brought us a more balanced performance, but neither of them was sharp enough for something more in this encounter.
Angers is at 10th spot in the rankings, having eight points less than European placed Lens.
The hosts will miss defender Ebosse (6/0), midfielders El Melali (14/0), Boufal (14/1), forwards Coulibaly (27/1) and Cho (14/0). Doubtful are midfielder Cabot (17/1) and offensive midfielder Thioub (21/1).
Montpellier performed well in the last round at home when they managed to be victorious over Bordeaux, outplaying them with a 3:1 result.
The hosts had some minor problems during the first part, as they conceded in the 28th, but responded in the same manner only seven minutes later, and approached the second with full focus on the offense. It wasn’t long before they took the lead in the 58th, and confirmed their victory with another one in the 69th, being way better in the continuation.
Montpellier is currently at 8th place in the standings, being only four points in deficit compared to the previously mentioned Lens.
Visitors can’t count on goalkeeper Bertaud (6/0) and defender Oyongo (13/1).
More creative with the ball
The fact is that Montpellier looks far better in the offense this season compared to their opponents in the upcoming clash, and that thing alone is enough for me to give them the advantage in this one. They find their comfort in the open match, but it comes with a cost, as they also concede frequently, so due to safety reasons, a draw remains a possibility here.