Having rode a turbulent start to the campaign, PSG are beginning to look like their usual selves again, and Angers could be in for a long evening on Friday.
Ligue 1 2020/21
Date: Friday October, 2nd
Venue: Parc Des Princes
PSG have turned a corner since their distasteful start to the season, having won each of their last three Ligue 1 games without conceding.
It was Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe who both combined twice last time out to put Reims to the sword, and the Parisians will be optimistic of enjoying more success in weeks to come with the likes of struggling Nimes, Dijon and Nantes lined up in their next couple of fixtures.
Meanwhile, their opponents Angers — the only other side apart from PSG to have won three and lost two of their first five games were indebted to two late goals from Ismael Traore and Angelo Fulgini as they came from behind to beat Brest 3-2 last time out.
That win left them perched on eighth on the table as things stand, only behind PSG on goal difference at this early stage of the campaign although with six goals scored and eight conceded, they have the joint-worst goal difference in the top half of the table.
What more? The defending champions have come out top in the last nine meetings between the two sides, inflicting them a 4-0 thrashing in this fixture last season.
Angel Di Maria and Layvin Kurzawa are both suspended for the hosts.
The trio of Julian Bernat, Thilo Kehrer and Idrissa Gueye are ruled out with injuries.
Angers will have to make do without Romain Thomas due to a hand fracture, while Waniss Taibi is quarantining after testing positive for the virus.
Souleyman Doumbia, Rachid Alioui and Farid El Melali are all also out.
Head to Head
Angers have not won any game against PSG. In fact the champions have won ten of the last eleven, drawing one.
PSG last five competitive games: LLWWW
Angers last five competitive games: WLWLW
This is expected to be another victory for PSG, as they look to gather pace after faltering during the season’s early fixtures. There is little value in backing them for an outright victory, but backing both teams to score while the hosts eventually bag the points goes for an enticing 6/4, and that is our pick on the betting markets here.