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Strasbourg will try to get their Ligue 1 2021-22 campaign off to a perfect start if they are welcome fury on Sunday afternoon to Stade de la Meinau.
Angers got 44 points from 38 games last season and finished 13th in the top French division, while Strasbourg was 15th with a total of 42 points.
Prediction for this match
Strasbourg will compete at this level of football for their fifth consecutive season in 2021-22 and they have occupied 15th, 11th, 10th and 15th places since they returned to the highest by winning Ligue 2 in 2016-17 League are promoted.
Les Coureurs struggled for consistency last season, losing 18 of their 38 league games, but a total of 42 points – accumulated from 11 wins and nine draws – allowed them to stay in the league, eventually closing two points ahead of Nantes in 18th place away.
Julien Stephan signed a three-year contract as the club’s new coach at the end of May. After making a strong impression at Rennes, a lot is expected of the 40-year-old in the coming season.
Strasbourg scored a 3-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on July 24 in preparation for Eintracht Frankfurt, but lost twice to Freiburg last weekend and is determined to start the 2021/22 season with a positive performance and a positive result .
Karol Fila, Kevin Gameiro, Jean-Eudes Aholou and Lucas Perrin joined the club this summer but lost a highly rated defender Mohamed Simakan to RB Leipzig in a lucrative deal for the French team.
Angers finished 13th in Ligue 1 last season, winning 12, eight draws and losing 18 of their 38 games to collect 44 points, putting them two points ahead of their opponents this weekend.
The black and whites have played in France’s top division since 2015, but it could be a difficult campaign for the club, which received a transfer ban from FIFA in late April that restricted their summer activities.
Angers will host Lyon in their second game of the season on August 15 before ending the month with duels against Bordeaux and Rennes.
This weekend there will also be a new head coach on the away team’s dugout, with Gerard Baticle, who was assistant coach at Lyon for 10 years, became Stephane Moulin‘s replacement.
Angers, who played five friendly matches in preparation, actually did better than at home in their travels last season, scooping up 23 of their 44 points away, an area where Baticle is sure to improve as the season progresses.
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Gameiro has returned to Strasbourg for a second term this summer and the 34-year-old is expected to lead the home lineup on Sunday.
The new additions Fila and Perrin are also likely to be included in the first XI while Abdul Majeed Waris and Adrian Thomasson are also in series for spots in the page.
Matz Sels will stand between the sticks for the home side who have no confirmed absenteeism due to injury or suspension before kick-off on Sunday afternoon.
Angers is also expected to have a full roster available for the competition in the meantime, and it will be interesting to see if Baicle sends a defensive-minded XI onto the field.
Stephane Bahoken Last season, the 28-year-old scored six goals in Ligue 1 and the 28-year-old is likely to be supported by Sofiane Boufal and Jimmy Cabot.
Mohamed Ali Cho was also a regular for Angers last season and the 17-year-old could get a place in the starting XI while Ismael Traore will lead the team from the middle of the defense.
Strasbourg possible starting line-up:
Sels; Perrin, Djiku, Sissoko, Fila; Lienard, Bellegarde; Ajorque, Thomasson, Waris; Gameiro
Angers possible starting line-up:
Petkovic; Ebosse, Traore, Thomas, Manceau; Mendy, Capelle; Cabot, Ali Cho, Boufal; Bahoken
Probability: Strasbourg 2-1 Angers
Both teams will feel like they can get injured in the last third of the field and we expect a close fight on Saturday. However, Gameiro could be the key to Strasbourg and we forecast a narrow win for Stephan’s side in the opening game of the season.
Best betting tip for this match
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