Our football match prediction:
Angers have been producing promising displays at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Following a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux in their opener, Stephane Moulin’s troops recorded a 2-0 win over Amiens on Matchday 2 and they did well to hold star-studded Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome to a 1-1 draw at the weekend. Angers are brimming with confidence ahead of Sunday’s football match against Lille and we would not be surprised if they pick up all three points from the game. Les Dogues rolled over Nantes on the opening day of the season, but they failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Strasbourg and Caen and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Cameroon attacker Toko Ekambi found the net in the 1-1 draw with Marseille at the weekend and he will be one of the men to watch in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Mathieu Michel):
Mathieu Michel is a product of Nimes football academy. The 188-cm-tall goalkeeper played for the youth team of Nimes from 1999 to 2014 and in August 2013 he made his first-team debut with les Crocodiles, playing the entire game in a 3-1 loss to Tours. After making 79 appearances for the club from 2012 until 2016, Michel moved to Angers in the summer of 2016, signing a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 club. The French shoot-stopper, who was born in Nimes on September 4, 1991, managed to keep eight clean sheets in 23 appearances for Angers in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and you should bear in mind that he conceded 25 goals in the process. Angers did well to make it to the 2016/2017 French Cup final, but big-spending club Paris Saint-Germain proved to be a big catch for Stephane Moulin’s troops. Mathieu Michel’s contract with les Scoistes expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season. Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals). Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game. Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.