Stadium: Stade Raymond Kopa (Angers)
Referee: Johan Hamel
The 9th round of French Ligue 1 starts on Friday with the opening game between Angers and Marseille. In their previous encounter between these teams, the spectators saw seven goals. Can we expect a high-scoring performance once again?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
In the first six rounds, Angers picked up just 2 points but then won 2 straight victories to move up to 14th place. Sofiane Boufal is the team's undisputed leader, with three goals and two assists. However, he will be forced to miss his 2nd match in the current league. Boufal did not appear in the opening match due to injury, and he picked up a suspension last time he played in Ligue 1 and will not appear on the pitch due to his suspension. There have been enough losses for the team. Ulrik Enemy, Halid Šabanović, Zinédine Ould Khaled, Waniss Taïbi, Ibrahim Amadou, Ali Calas, and Loïs Diony are all out injured and will be unlikely to take to the pitch against Marseille. Some of them have already been on the pitch this season, with Diony scoring two goals.
In the last two rounds of Ligue 1, Angers was the best on aggregate xG, and their two wins were quite logical. Except for the fact that their goalscoring was poor. At home, they could have scored 3-4 goals against Montpellier but ended up with a 2:1 victory. Last time round, they secured their first away win of the year, beating Nice 1:0. In the 1st minute of the meeting with the Eagle,s Ange got an advantage and actively went forward. In the 2nd half, Boufal got his 2nd yellow card for simulation, and his opponents nearly restored the balance on the scoreboard. After Andy Delors' shot, goalkeeper Yahia Fofana hit the ball into the crossbar.
Marseille is almost without fault in the current championship, with six wins in eight rounds and 2nd place in the standings. The Provençal side has consistently created chances but made the most progress in the defense. Alexis Sanchez has also made good progress at Marseille and scored four goals for his new club. Tavares won't play in the upcoming meeting due to several yellow cards, while Eric Bailly is injured. Pedro Ruiz is also out injured, but he has not played a single match for the Provençal side, so the visitors will not notice the loss of the Spanish forward.
The team has recently won the league title with losses in the Champions League. Marseille generally left the international break in a poor mood: after losing to Eintracht Frankfurt (0:1), they drew 1:1 with Rennes.
Expert Betting Tips
Angers still have problems in defense, and not for nothing have they conceded three or more goals four times in the current league. On the other hand, things have improved in attack, and the advanced statistics only confirm this. The first team has a 1-2 goal chance at home, but Marseille will also have opportunities. The Provençal side is superior to Angers. Last night's encounter was brilliant, and we expect something similar to happen now.
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