After an intense international break, the top European leagues will resume action this weekend, including the Ligue 1. PSG has met expectations and leads the competition with a comfortable advantage. However, they’re no longer unbeaten and several players will be out due to schedule conflicts.
Angers will try to take advantage of all that and close the gap at the top. The visitors have had a great start to the season and beating PSG could boost them up to second place. Expect a back-and-forth battle. It’s not the game of the week for nothing.
Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer odds for PSG vs Angers.
Game: PSG vs Angers
Location: Parc des Princes, Paris
Time: Friday, 3 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
Ligue 1 Betting Lines
|PSG||-1½ -120||-315||3 -120o||2½ +115o/-145u|
|Angers||+1½ -110||+850||3 -110u||½ -145o/+115u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 29
- PSG Victories: 19 (64 goals)
- Angers Victories: 3 (23 goals)
- Draws: 7
Last season, they met three times, and PSG won them all by a 12-1 aggregate. Their first two encounters finished 6-1 and 5-0, but then Angers made some adjustments. Yes, they also lost their third meeting but only 1-0.
PSG own a perfect record in their last 10 meetings with Angers. During that span, they scored 32 goals, allowed five and finished with a clean sheet five times. The total went over in seven of those games. Expect that trend to continue as PSG average 2.4 goals per game and Angers average 1.5 goals per game.
Roster Depth Activated
One of the consequences of being a powerhouse is that pretty much all your players leave during an international break. That’s PSG’s case, with 16 players coming back after competing in the World Cup Qualifiers and UEFA Nations League.
The African and European players will be ready to go, but the ones traveling from Central and South America won’t. The list includes Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Keylor Navas.
So why are they the betting online favorites? Well, that’s how good this team is. They’re 4-0-0 when playing at home, 1-2-1 against the spread and 2-2 over/under. They’ve scored 22 goals, more than any other team.
Another reason is that they don’t depend on any player to score. In fact, none of their players are among the league’s top scorers. Kylian Mbappe leads the team with four goals and they have four players with three goals. All of them will be available.
Prior to the international break, PSG lost 2-0 to Rennes. I guess it’s true that no team is invincible. Losing two domestic games in a row would be unacceptable, and the players are well aware of that.
“After a defeat you think and ask yourself what you can improve on. You think about what the team can do to have a good result and about the small details,” said Marquinhos to the press.
No matter who gets to play, PSG is bound to win in all competitions. They’ll be playing on Friday because the UEFA Champions League returns next week.
PSG in first place is no surprise, but Angers in fourth place definitely is. They’ve faced the start to the season with a rebellious attitude and it has paid off. They own a 4-4-1 record, with 14 goals for and nine against. They’ve beaten some title contenders, including Lyon and Rennes. If there has ever been a time to include Angers in your soccer picks, this is it.
Most recently, they beat Metz 3-2. They had to come from behind twice and won thanks to a very late goal from Stephane Bahoken. That was the rebellious attitude I was talking about. They’re not afraid to go all-in when necessary.
Angers doesn’t have PSG’s money, but they still have a well-balanced roster. Thomas Mangani, who’s 34, leads the team in scoring with three goals. Jimmy Cabot, who’s 27, leads the team in assists with three. Batista Mendy (21) and Enzo Ebosse (22) have taken over midfield.
They remain unbeaten when playing at home with a 1-3-0 record. They also are 1-1-2 against the spread and 0-4 over/under. The Angers have had much more time to prepare for this contest. Also, they’ll have fresher legs and no international competition to worry about.
Final Analysis, Predictions
PSG went from -500 to -315, but that’s nothing to panic about. As I mentioned before, even without Messi and Neymar, they’re better than most of the league’s teams. They won their first four games without them. That being said, this looks like a great opportunity for Angers to finally beat PSG. Nevertheless, only 16 percent of the bettors’ market think they’ll pull off the upset. I’m with the 80 percent that believes PSG i gsoing to win, but not by two goals.
Don’t forget to check the props our sportsbook is offering for this and other games to increase your winning chances. Both have allowed nine goals in nine matches, so there will be plenty of goals. Our score prediction is offering a +750 price, while PSG by one is +275.
Score Prediction: PSG 2, Angers 1