Angers v Metz Betting Tips: Hosts can outscore struggling visitors

20:23, 15 sep 2017

Metz travel to Angers on Sunday, where they will be hoping to turn things around having made a disappointing start to the season, though, improving their form dramatically will mean doing something that they haven’t done since 2010, which is of course taking all three points away from a trip to Stade Raymond Kopa. In contrast, Angers will be hoping to continue their relatively solid start; five matches in and Stéphane Moulin’s men are yet to taste defeat. The hosts have however drawn three matches on the spin and so a win would give them a timely boost.

A home match against the side who look destined to play the role of Ligue 1 punchbags provides most sides with an excellent opportunity to gain all three points and that is exactly what Angers have here. A pleasing start to the campaign, one that has seen them avoid defeat against a couple of strong sides, would somewhat pale into insignificance if they were to lose against a side who’re without a single point after five games.

It’s pretty clear that Metz are going to struggle massively this season and it would indeed be a surprise if they were to remain in the division. Philippe Hinschberger’s lack the quality required in most areas, but they are particularly weak at the back. Such weakness means two things. Firstly, most teams, especially at home, will come forward and get on the attack against Metz. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly in this case, Metz, knowing their own predicament all too well, are likely to come into games such as this and have a real go. This is key. The visitors aren’t great going forward, but, what with Angers likely to come on strong, they shouldn’t be without goal-scoring chances, especially on the break.

The bet that stands out ahead of this fixture is ‘Angers to Win & Both Teams to Score’ at 11/4. As they did against PSG last time out, Metz will more than likely come up short defensively, but again, as they did last time out in defeat, they’re likely to take something of a cavalier approach, which means they could easily find the net, even if it is in defeat.

Angers have made a pleasing start to the season from an offensive point of view; they’ve scored in all five of their matches so far, scoring four in three home games. Moulin’s side have more than enough quality to do some real damage against a side who’ve already conceded 12 goals, but, for the reasons mentioned above, as well as the fact that they’ve not looked all that secure defensively, the hosts could experience a few worrying moments at the back. Angers come into this fixture having conceded at least one goal in each of their last three matches, while they’re yet to keep a clean sheet on home soil. It’s inevitable that they’ll come forward and, as already mentioned, they should have enough about them to do plenty of damage; however, expecting them to go the whole match without being caught out at least once probably isn’t wise.

All things considered, the visitors, who’ve been struggling to keep their heads above water from the word go, are by no means a good side at this level, but, on their way to another defeat thanks to back-line that simply isn’t up to scratch, they can still cause the hosts a few problems. A price of 11/4 on the hosts coming out on top having conceded is well worth taking advantage of.

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