PARIS SG VS ANGERS PREVIEW & PREDICTION
In connection with the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, the match between Paris Saint Germain and Angers that was originally planned for the weekend of 24 and 25 March will be moved to 14 March. Do the Parisians know how to continue their form of the game against Metz last week, or does Angers know to play the same game for the third time in four weeks?
Paris Saint Germain:
With nine games remaining on the program, Parisians will be able to score a seventeen-point tie with the number two, AS Monaco, on Wednesday. Mathematically, the team of Unai Emery can already become champion on April 7, but more likely is the scenario that the Parisians can become a week later in the Parc des Princes champion in a direct duel against Monaco. Should Emery’s team last the form of last weekend in the upcoming matches, then it is obvious that the Parisians will not lose points anymore. Against Metz, PSG dominated the entire first half and was already 4-0 at half time, partly due to two goals from Christopher Nkunku. In the second half, the Parisians released the accelerator, but the gap was extended to 5-0.
In the absence of defining players such as top scorer Edinson Cavani and Neymar, youngster Christopher Nkunku was given a basic place for the second league match in a row. Nkunku had to do it up to two weeks ago with eleven short incursions, but now he got ninety minutes the chance he proved it right from his coach by giving a youth player a chance in the main power. Another youngster from the Parisians’ training also got a chance to show his qualities to Metz. Timothy Weah, son of George Weah, was allowed to come in twenty minutes before time and, just like a week earlier, got his first chance as a pro at his debut in the main power of the Parisians.
After two competition wins in a row, the team of Stéphane Moulin was spilled again last weekend against Bordeaux. Le SCO furiously started hoping to distance itself from the relegation zone, but attempts by Angelo Fulgini and top scorer Karl Toko Ekambi did not end between the posts. In the second half, Moulin’s team was no longer shy of himself, but due to inaccuracies on the side of the Girondins and good intervention by Ludovic Butelle, who kept his goal clean for the second game in a row, the match ended with the same score scoreboard as where the game started, 0-0.
Remarkable about the match against Bordeaux was the low number of violations that Le SCO committed. Prior to last weekend, Le Scoists did on average just under four offenses per game, against Bordeaux there were only eight, a week earlier, no less than twenty offenses were committed in the victory over Guingamp. A possible explanation for this is the lack of Thomas Mangani by, ironically, a suspension for collecting six yellow cards. Mangani belonged to the ten players in the Ligue 1 who committed the most violations this season and, if he continues his average, he ends at the end of the season and certainly in this questionable top ten.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / YES @ 2.02