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Soaring fury face a difficult test on Sunday as they prepare for the hosts Rennes at the Stade Raymond Kopa.
While Angers drew 1-1 in Bordeaux last weekend, Rennes scored the first three points of the season in a narrow 1-0 win over Nantes.
Prediction for this match
Since their promotion to the French first division in 2015, Angers have established themselves as a midfielder and will be confident of pushing for a first-half placement this season.
Unbeaten in the previous three games, scoring seven points with two wins and one draw, Le Scoistes’ strong start to the season suggests that they have their sights set on this season.
After Angers opened the season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Strasbourg, Angers caused a surprise in the following game and prevailed against an impressive Lyon team with three unanswered goals against the eight-time Ligue 1 champions.
However, their winning streak was halted last time by Bordeaux, which put in a solid performance to last Gerald BaticleThe men to a 1-1 draw with Angers’ Romain Thomas saved a point for his team shortly before half-time after falling behind very early.
The self-confidence in the Le Scoistes camp is high, and with the team firing with six goals on all cylinders so far, not that many Ligue 1 teams will look forward to a game against the runner-up at the moment – although Rennes will have to take on this side on Sunday .
Bruno Genesio, who was supported by the current Angers head coach at Lyon between 2015 and 2019, has had a positive impact at Rennes since arriving at the coaching bench in the middle of last season.
He saved Les Rennais’ sluggish 2019-20 league season to catapult them to sixth place when they booked themselves a ticket to the first playoffs of the Europa Conference League, where they defeated Rosenborg BK by a 5-1 aggregate result, to get into the group stage of the competition on Thursday.
With continental football already guaranteed for the season, Rennes can shift its focus to Ligue 1, where they are unbeaten in their first three games, an achievement they have done in each of the last two seasons.
After two draws in a row, the men of Genesio took their first win of the season as Martin Terrier scored the only goal of the game to get the maximum number of points.
Even if Rennes, fifth in the table with five points, has only won two of the last 10 away games, they will be confident that one of those wins was only achieved in April – a comfortable 3-0 triumph.
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Though he came to the bench in Angers’ first two games, Enzo Ebosse is not expected to be on the roster here as he faces fitness issues while Farid El Melali is expected to miss the game due to injury.
Stephane Bahoken may have impressed from the bench in the first three games, but it is likely that Baicle will continue to let him out of the starting XI.
There are doubts amid speculation about his future at Rennes, with players like Real Madrid and Manchester United interested in his service Eduardo Camavinga‘s availability for this device.
Arrived from Angers in the summer, Baptiste Santamaria is in the starting XI at Les Rennais to play against his former club.
Genesio spared a number of key players for the Europa Conference League return leg against Rosenborg and will likely bring them back to the team for this game.
Rennes will be without the services of the Euro 2020 star Jeremy documentary, Jeremy Gelin and Jonas Martin how the trio paused with injuries.
Angers possible starting line-up:
Bernardoni; Thomas, Traore, Manceau; Doumbia, Mangani, Mendy, Cabot; Fulgini; Boufal, Cho
Rennes possible starting grid:
Gomis; Traore, Bade, Aguerd, Meling; Santamaria, Tait; Sulemana, Terrier, Bourigeaud; Guirassy
Probability: Angers 1-1 Rennes
Given that these two teams are equal on paper and have had a solid start to the Ligue 1 campaign, it’s pretty hard for us to separate them.
As we expect a cautious game in which both sides are careful to give away their unbeaten record, the safest punt will assist both sides to hit the target in a tie.
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