Our football match prediction:
After making a promising start to the season, Angers suffered an unexpected dip in form. Les Scoistes recorded only one win in previous eleven league fixtures and it is no surprise they sit in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s football match against Troyes. Angers are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, but beating Troyes on the road is easier said than done. Jean Louis Garcia’s men, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Dijon and there is every chance both sides will go for a win in the Stade de l’Aube clash. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to share the spoils in the relegation six-pointer this weekend. It has to be noted that under 1.5 goals were scored in each of their previous two meetings in the national championship.
Highlighted Player (Mamadou Samassa):
Mamadou Samassa is a goalkeeper who plays for Troyes in Ligue 1. Samassa was born in Montreuil, France on February 16, 1990 and he played for France U18, U19 and U20 teams in the past. However, thanks to his dual citizenship the 197-cm-tall shoot-stopper represents Mali at senior level and he made his debut for the Malian national team on January 20, 2013 in a 1-0 victory over Niger. Speaking of his club career, Mamadou Samassa played for youth teams of Collinee-Le Gouray and PEF Pioufragan before joining Guingamp in 2013. After playing 126 league games for the Guingamp first team, Samassa moved to Troyes in the summer of 2016. The Malian goalkeeper managed to keep 13 clean sheets in 37 appearances for Troyes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign. It has to be noted that Mamadou Samassa won the 2013/2014 French Cup with Guingamp, with the Ligue 1 side beating Rennes in the title game. The Troyes shoot-stopper has a contract with the Stade de l’Aube outfit which expires on June 30, 2019.
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.