Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Marseille will look to retain their spot in top five when they face Angers at their Stade Velodrome on Matchday 37. OM are eager to save the season by booking their place in the Europa Conference League, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football game. Pape Gueye is sidelined through suspension, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
Angers, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from back-to-back defeats to Monaco and Lorient, with the team rolling over rock-bottom Dijon 3-0 at home ground. Les Scoistes continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels; therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling OM’s party at Stade Velodrome. Coulibaly is banned for the visitors, while all Traore, Doumbia, Bamba, Boufal, and Ebosse are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Strootman):
After starting his senior career at Sparta Rotterdam, Kevin Strootman joined fellow Dutch side Utrecht in 2011. The defensive midfielder, who was born on February 13, 1990 in Ridderkerk, Netherlands, then moved to PSV where he established himself as a first-team regular. Strootman was then spotted by AS Roma scouts and in 2013 he decided to take a step forward in his career by joining the Giallorossi.
On March 9, 2014, the Dutch footballer sustained a serious knee injury that made him miss the remainder of the 2013/2014 Serie A season. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well, but he returned to contention on November 9, 2014. Kevin Strootman played for Roma until August 28 when he signed a five-year contract with Olympique Marseille.
Speaking of his international career, Strootman made his Netherlands debut against Austria in 2011 and he scored his first ever goal for the Dutch national team in Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland. Kevin Strootman’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Angers):
French Football Federation was founded in 1919, with French football club Angers being founded the same year. Les Scoistes returned to the French top flight at the end of the 2014/2015 season and they finished the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign in ninth place in the standings.
Angers were having their ups and downs in the 2016/2017 season and, as a result, they finished 12th. Les Scoistes are well known for their black jerseys with white stripes, whilst the color of their away kits is white. Stade Raymond Kopa is the team’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 17.835.
The venues was opened back in 1912 and the stadium’s record attendance is 22.989 (April 26, 1969 vs. Olympique Marseille). Speaking of the club’s most notable players, we have to mention Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Vladica Kovacevic, Claudiu Keseru, Paul Alo’o, Amar Rouai and Cedric Daury. It has to be noted that the 2017/2018 season will be their 24th in the French top flight.