Stade Michel d’ Ornano will be on fire on Saturday 13th April 2019 when Ligue 1 strugglers Caen host Angers. The match which is scheduled to kick off at 19:00GMT will offer Caen a golden opportunity has they try to survive from being relegated.
Caen are not in the top of the game having lost in 4 of their last 5 matches the worst being their 0-5 loss to Saint Etienne 3 weeks ago. But like a dying dog, they have to fight to their last breath if they have to survive relegation yet again. It has been seen before how teams faced with the threat of relegation shame their opponents. We believe Caen will rise to the occasion to entertain their home fans.
At number 12, Angers on the other hand is looking forward to finishing among the top 10. But they have to jump the hurdle of facing a team under the threat of relegation, which is usually not an easy task. They can shame you beyond measure. Angers has become the King of draws. With 5 draws in a row, will Saturday’s match downgrade them to a loss or upgrade them to a win is yet to be seen.
The hosts have much to lose in the Saturday fixture as compared to the travellers. With this in mind, they will play like never before. This is their only chance to improve their chances of survival. Hence we predict they are going to adopt an attack-minded strategy in order to win. However Angers has been notorious in forcing draws of late. But all in all, we believe there is more worth in placing our money for the relegation bound hosts to emerge victorious.
Caen vs. Angers Head to Head
The two sides Caen and Angers have so far played 21 matches between them. Of the matches Caen has won 8 and lost 7 to Angers. 6 of their matches ended in a draw. Here is a look into their 8 most recent fixtures and how things faired for either team:
- Angers 0-1 Caen
- Angers 1-1 Caen
- Angers 3-0 Caen
- Caen 0-2 Angers
- Caen 0-1 Angers
- Angers 3-1 Caen
- Caen 2-3 Angers
- Angers 2-1 Caen
Caen will miss the services of D. a Silva in its defense due to a hamstring injury. Their midfielder, Y. Ait Bennasser will also be out of the fixture due to a groin strain.
Angers defense will miss the services of V. Manceau and Y. Andreu due to ankle and knee injuries respectively. The midfield will have to do without C. N’Doye due to a knee injury while the attacking will have to work without the presence of W. Kanga who is nursing a groin/pelvis injury.
Prediction and Odds
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Fabien Mercadal is under pressure to ensure his troops survive relegation. He has to do all it takes to ensure that he wins the weekend fixture. Without a win, relegation will be a bitter pill he will start swallowing. Therefore, he has no option other than to collect all the 3 points from home. With this in mind, here are our best bets for the outcome of the fixture:
- Caen to win
- Both teams to score
- Under 2.5 goals on fulltime