Preview: Angers vs. Lyon
Relegation-doomed Angers welcome Lyon to Stade Raymond Kopa on Saturday, with the hosts sitting 10 points from safety at the foot of the Ligue 1 table.
Meanwhile, Lyon find themselves ninth – 25 points clear of Angers – having thrashed Le SCO 5-0 in the reverse fixture back in September.
Angers head into Saturday’s clash on a miserable 16-game winless run in Ligue 1, having recorded two draws and 14 losses since their last league victory.
Believe it or not, Le SCO suffered 13 consecutive defeats between late September and early February, before achieving back-to-back draws against Lorient and Auxerre.
However, Angers swiftly returned to losing ways last weekend, suffering a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg, although Abdel Bouhazama’s men managed to rack up 10 shots while enjoying 64% possession.
Bouhazama replaced sacked manager Gerald Baticle during the World Cup break, but the new boss has failed to turn things around, taking just two points from a possible 27 since the restart.
When you look at the bigger picture, Angers have taken 10 points from a possible 72 this season, so they look destined to suffer relegation to Ligue 2.
Meanwhile, Lyon suffered a disappointing defeat at relegation-threatened Auxerre last time out, as the hosts came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory on home soil.
Moussa Dembele opened the scoring on 36 minutes, but two goals in two second-half minutes saw Auxerre turn the game on its head, damaging Lyon’s European aspirations in the process.
After managing one win in six matches, OL chalked up a four-game unbeaten run between late January and mid-February, taking 10 points from a possible 12 to raise spirits at Groupama Stadium.
However, last weekend’s defeat to Auxerre has halted the momentum gained by Laurent Blanc’s men, and they have now lost nine of their 24 league games this season.
It would not be unfair to say that Lyon have struggled for consistency throughout the campaign, although they should have more than enough quality to overcome lowly Angers.
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We say: Angers 0-2 Lyon
Having claimed a measly two wins in Ligue 1 all season, Angers are not likely to prevent Lyon from leaving Stade Raymond Kopa with all three points on Saturday.
It is no secret that OL have struggled for consistency this term, but they should not struggle to dispatch Angers, who have lost 75% of their league matches in 2022-23.