Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Friday’s football game between St. Etienne and Angers. Les Verts played out a goalless draw with Dijon at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in the Ligue 1 to ten games. St Etienne are desperate to return to winning ways in the French top flight, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Fit-again Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri will be the man to watch in the home team.
Angers, on the other hand, have been producing fine performances in the first half of the season, with the team sitting in the top half of the table ahead of Matchday 14. Les Scoistes aim to build on back-to-back wins over Lens and Lorient, and given the current atmosphere in the home team’s dressing room, away win should be considered. Important defender Souleyman Doumbia is back from suspension for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Ryad Boudebouz):
Despite being born in Colmar, France on February 19, 1990 Ryad Boudebouz represents Algeria on the international stage. The Montpellier midfielder played for both France U17 and France U19 teams in the past, but he made his senior debut with Algeria on May 28, 2010 in a friendly against Republic of Ireland.
Speaking of his club career, Boudebouz played for Colmar and Sochaux at youth level and he continued playing for Sochaux first team. After scoring 24 goals in 164 appearances in the league for the club, he moved to Bastia in 2013 and he played 66 games for les Bleus.
Ryad Boudebouz played for the Corsican side from 2013 to 2015 and he signed a four-year deal with Montpellier and you should know that he netted 11 goals in 33 appearances for la Paillade in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is capable of playing at both left and right winger as well.
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.