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Apr 11, 2021 at 8pm UK at Stade de Gerland
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3-0
AngersAngers
Depay (21', 83'), Paqueta (41')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Preview: Lyon vs. Angers - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Lyon and Angers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Lyon will be more desperate than ever to reignite their Ligue 1 title charge when they welcome Angers to the Groupama Stadium for Sunday evening's top-flight fixture.

While the hosts are battling for glory as the season enters its business end, Angers realistically have very little to play for in the coming weeks.


Match preview

Lyon coach Rudi Garcia pictured on February 19, 2021© Reuters

A spate of below-par performances has seriously hampered Lyon's chances of a long-awaited Ligue 1 crown, and Rudi Garcia's side dropped two more points in the race for glory when they played out a 1-1 draw with European hopefuls Lens last weekend.

Prolific right-back Jonathan Clauss broke the deadlock for Sang et Or in the 65th minute, and Lyon were staring down the barrel of defeat before Lucas Paqueta restored parity nine minutes from time with an acrobatic effort, but the game ended on a sour note as Islam Slimani was sent off 20 minutes after being introduced.

Les Gones are now winless in three in the top flight following defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and a draw with Reims, and they made hard work of their Coupe de France battle with Red Star on Thursday night, but they eventually advanced on penalties after squandering a 2-0 lead in normal time.

None of the four title-chasing teams has been able to string together an impressive set of wins recently, but with Lyon boasting just one win from their last five in the top flight, Monaco have leapfrogged them in the table and the fourth-placed Gones are now five points below leaders Lille with seven games to go.

Garcia's side still have to face Lille and Monaco in potentially decisive fixtures before the season concludes, and they now prepare to play host to Angers at a ground where they have actually lost three of their last six in Ligue 1, although the visitors are equally short of inspiration before gameweek 32 gets underway.

Angers manager Stephane Moulin pictured in January 2021© Reuters

With eight points separating Angers from the top five and 12 separating them from the bottom three, Stephane Moulin will simply hope to see his players consolidate their mid-table standing in the final weeks of the season.

As is the case with Lyon, Angers played out a 1-1 draw in the league - sharing the spoils with Montpellier HSC - before booking their spot in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, as right-back Vincent Manceau's winner was enough to send fourth-tier side CS Sedan packing on Wednesday night.

The 11th-placed Scoistes have only managed to win one of their last nine matches, so any fleeting hopes of a push for Europe will be dashed if results continue in the same vein, but Moulin may start to prepare for the 2021-22 campaign very shortly, unless a catastrophe somehow drags his side into a fight for survival.

Angers should not be in any danger of dropping down that far, though, and they have managed to string together a three-game unbeaten run away from home - keeping three clean sheets to boot - and a fourth successive away shut-out would represent a new club record for Angers in the top flight.

However, Moulin's potential record-breakers came up short against Lyon earlier in the season in a 1-0 home defeat, and Les Gones are unbeaten in their last nine league games against Les Scoistes - most recently suffering a 2-0 defeat in December 2015.

Lyon Ligue 1 form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D

Lyon form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • W

Angers Ligue 1 form:
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D

Angers form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • W



Team News

Lyon's Jason Denayer celebrates with teammates after scoring against Rennes on January 9, 2021© Reuters

Lyon striker Slimani served his suspension in the cup so is ready to be called upon this weekend, and he could come into Garcia's thinking after Tino Kadewere missed out against Red Star following an injury in training.

It remains to be seen if Houssem Aouar will shake off a muscular problem in time to feature, while full-backs Leo Dubois and Maxwel Cornet also missed out the cup win and remain doubtful for the visit of Angers.

Anthony Lopes will hope to return in between the sticks despite being unavailable for Thursday, while Jason Denayer and Karl Toko Ekambi are set to reclaim their rightful spots in the first XI.

Angers' injury problems continue to mount, as goalscorer Manceau and midfielder Pierrick Capelle both had to be forced off in the win over Sedan, and the former is unlikely to take part in this game.

Abdoulaye Bamba will make an immediate return at right-back, although Capelle's issue is not thought to be too serious, while Lassana Coulibaly, Sofiane Boufal, Jimmy Cabot and the COVID-positive Mathias Pereira Lage all remain out of contention.

Ismael Traore is expected to displace Mateo Pavlovic at the back, and number one Paul Bernardoni will return in between the sticks for 38-year-old Ludovic Butelle after being given the night off in midweek.

Lyon possible starting lineup:
Lopes; De Sciglio, Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet; Mendes, Caqueret, Paqueta; Slimani, Depay, Toko Ekambi

Angers possible starting lineup:
Bernardoni; Bamba, Traore, Thomas, Doumbia; Amadou, Mangani; Thioub, Fulgini, Capelle; Bahoken


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We say: Lyon 1-0 Angers

Lyon are at risk of slipping out of the title race entirely if they fail to pull themselves out of their recent rut, and only just managing to scrape past Red Star in the cup is hardly going to lead to any great surge of optimism. Angers have proved their resilience on the road this week and will hope to take advantage of a growing Lyon injury list, but we still think Garcia's side have what it takes to get back on track, although the margin of victory may be slender.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Lille372311362224080
2Paris Saint-GermainPSG37254884285679
3MonacoMonaco37245876423477
4Lyon372210579403976
5Marseille371611105346759
6Lens371511115554156
7Rennes3715101250401055
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier371312125861-351
9Nice37147164751-449
10Metz371210154347-446
11Saint-EtienneSt Etienne371210154253-1146
12Angers37128173956-1744
13Reims37915134148-742
14Bordeaux37126194055-1542
15StrasbourgStrasbourg37118184857-941
16Brest37118185064-1441
17Lorient37118184967-1841
18NantesNantes37913154653-740
19Nimes3798204069-2935
RDijon3739252473-4918

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