Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Raymond-Kopa will host Sunday’s Ligue 1 opener between Angers and Nantes. Les Scoistes experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-0 loss to Sevilla, but they played out a 2-2 draw with Spezia in their last warm-up game. Since midfielder Nabil Bentaleb misses the opening match of the season through suspension, we are not tempted to put our money on the home side. It has to be noted that the club chiefs have signed the likes of Cedric Hountondji, Adrien Hunou, and Miha Blazic in the summer, to name just a few.
Les Canaris, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Mbappe-less PSG in the French Super Cup, but they are surely capable of matching Angers in the Ligue 1 opener. The two teams seem to be evenly matched; therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. There are no selection worries in the away team, while experienced midfielder Moussa Sissoko being ready to make his official Nantes debut.
Highlighted Player (Angelo Fulgini):
Angelo Fulgini is a French footballer who plays for Angers in Ligue as a midfielder. Fulgini played for the likes of AS de Saint-Paul-en-Foret, FC Vidauban, SC Douai and Valenciennes during his youth career and he continued playing for the Athenians at senior level.
After scoring eight goals in 80 appearances for Valenciennes from 2015 to 2017, he moved to Angers before the start of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Stade Raymond-Kopa. Angelo Fulgini scored his first ever goal for les Scoistes on August 6, 2017 in a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux. Despite being born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on August 20, 1996, the Angers midfielder represents France on the international stage.
Angelo Fulgini has 3 caps for the France U21 team, while making 15 appearances for the U19 team. His main position is central midfield, but he is uses as both right-back and right midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Nantes):
Founded on April 21, 1943 Nantes is a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Canaris are considered one of the most famous French clubs and they had a lot of success during the sixties and the seventies. Nantes won their first Ligue 1 title in the 1964/1965 season and 36 years later (2000/2001) they clinched their eighth (last) domestic trophy.
Speaking of the club’s European success, les Canaris did well to make it to the Champions League semis in 1996, but Italian giants Juventus proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Nantes welcome their rivals at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau and the capacity of the stadium is 38.004.
The likes of Vahid Halilhodzic, Adel Selimi, Michel Der Zakarian, Viorel Moldovan, Mario Yepes, Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Claude Makelele, Christian Karembeu and Dimitri Payet are the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Nantes are well known for their yellow jerseys and that is the reason why they are nicknamed the Canaries (les Canaris).