When Paris Saint-Germain hosts a struggling Angers team at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, they’ll be hoping to get back to winning ways.
Last time out, Christophe Galtier’s team lost 3-1 to high-flying Lens in Ligue 1. This time around, they came dangerously close to a Coupe de France scare against third-tier side Chateauroux, needing two late goals to eke out a victory.
The Parisians’ high expectations have not been met this week, and they intend to vent their anger on an Angers team that is currently last in the standings with only eight points after 17 games, 36 points behind league leaders PSG.
After returning from his World Cup celebrations and spending more than a week in training, Lionel Messi is most likely to take his place in the starting lineup right away.
Neymar, who has completed his suspension, will join him in the attack, but PSG will be without Achraf Hakimi due to his own one-game suspension.
Nuno Mendes, Renato Sanches, and Presnel Kimpembe are all hurt.
For Angers, Azzedine Ounahi, a Moroccan World Cup star who PSG is interested in signing, is the centre of attention. Although, he might not start this match.
Ilyes Chetti, Farid El Melali, Yan Valery, Jean-Mattéo Bahoya, Ibrahim Amadou, and Halid Sabanavic were absent from a recent training session, but another star from Qatar, Sofiane Boufal, is back in the gym. Separate from the main group, Yahia Fofana and Zinedine Ould Khaled both engaged in training.
The return of Messi and Neymar, who will be salivating at the prospect of racking up goals and assists against Ligue 1’s bottom team, will almost certainly put an end to PSG’s recent struggles.
1×2 Betting Odds
Nine straight league defeats for Angers, many of which came at the hands of teams vying to overtake PSG at the top of the standings. They have given up 19 goals during that stretch, and after Wednesday’s game, that total could almost certainly skyrocket.
Expect PSG to win with supreme comfort in this one!
Playing under the Eifel Tower, the home side are massive favourites to win in this one with odds standing @ 1.16.
When the last placed team in the league faces the team at the top of the table, even the optimist will agree the former hardly stands a chance! And that is exactly the case for Angers, who are massive underdogs in this with market odds @ 23.00.
The possibility of a stalemate and dropped points for PSG, stands @ 11.00.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.30.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 3.82.
PSG, who probably has the best three attacking players in the world right now, are bound to score plenty of goals in any given match, let alone facing last placed Angers!
Expect PSG to win, and win big, as they continue to keep a distance from overperforming Lens!