#PSGSCOAngers are already without key defensive midfielder Thomas Mangani for the visit to Paris, but there are also doubts over the fitness of Romain Saiss and Cheikh Ndoye. All three are a huge part of Angers' success and would be a huge blow to Moulin's game plan. Angers will stick to their well-organised 4-1-4-1, looking to hit on the break with the pace of Gilles Sunu, Billy Ketkeophomphone and Mohamed Yattara.
Angers sat deep, frustrated the away side’s advances and tried to hit on the break. It worked, and although Stephane Moulin’s side couldn’t find a way past Kevin Trapp, their defence held on valiantly. The away side go into Saturday’s game in third place, looking to keep in touch with Monaco just two points ahead. PSG will be hoping to continue the domestic season undefeated and extend the lead over their opponents to 26 points. Form Lines (all competitions)PSGW 0-1 vs. ES Wasquehal (Coupe de France)W 2-0 vs. SC Bastia (Ligue 1)W 2-1 vs.
Aissa Laidouni and Guy Ngosso could come in to the midfield if needed. Predicted FormationsPSG (4-3-3): Kevin Trapp; Serge Aurier, Marquinhos, David Luiz, Maxwell; Thiago Motta, Adrien Rabiot, Blaise Matuidi; Angel Di Maria, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas MouraAngers (4-1-4-1): Denis Petric; Vincent Manceau, Ismael Traoré, Romain Thomas, Yoann Andreu; Romain Saiss; Gilles Sunu, Cheikh Ndoye, Aissa Laidouni, Billy Ketkeophomphone; Mohamed YattaraPlayer to WatchJEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/Getty ImagesThe Angers midfield has gained a lot of praise this season, as they sit deep and protect the defence but try to break forward with pace and ambition. However, the defence, led by the towering Romain Thomas, deserves a lot of credit this season.
Olympique Lyonnais (Coupe de la Ligue)W 0-1 vs. Toulouse (Ligue 1)W 2-1 vs. Toulouse (Coupe de France)AngersL 1-0 vs. Saint-Etienne (Ligue 1)W 1-3 vs. Racing Besancon (Coupe de France)W 2-0 vs. Caen (Ligue 1)L 2-1 vs. Nice (Ligue 1)L 1-2 vs. Bordeaux (Coupe de France)Jean Catuffe/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, Edinson Cavani was handed the No. 9 role upfront and failed to make an impact. As PSG try to find a way past the stubborn Angers defence, expect the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and perhaps a starting role for Lucas Moura on the left-wing.
This weekend’s clash gives the league leaders the chance to extract revenge from the first meeting between the two clubs. JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/Getty ImagesDate: Saturday, January 23Time: 5 p. m. CET (4 p. GMT/11 a. EST)Venue: Parc des Princes, ParisTV Info: Canal Plus (France) and beIN Sports (USA)Live Stream: beIN Sports ConnectJean Catuffe/Getty ImagesWhen Laurent Blanc took his side to the Stade Jean Bouin in December, Angers held the champions goalless, the first domestic team to achieve that this season.
During Friday's press conference, Blanc confirmed that Thiago Silva will continue to miss out, joined on the sidelines by Salvatore Sirigu, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore. Marquinhos will come into the centre of the defence, and Adrien Rabiot should keep his place in the midfield. Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossipLaurent Blanc confirms Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore & Salvatore Sirigu will miss out for PSG vs. Angers tomorrow.
PSG vs. Angers: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream, TV InfoJEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/Getty ImagesParis Saint-Germain and Angers SCO get back to league business on Saturday afternoon after contrasting results in the Coupe de France midweek. Angers were eliminated by 2-1 Bordeaux, while PSG squeezed past Toulouse with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory.
Standing over 6'3", the French centre-back has adapted perfectly to life in the top flight. He is 27 years old and playing in Ligue 1 for the first time, but he looks a natural. Thomas is a leader, superb in the air but excellent at reading the game and getting his body in the way of potential danger. If PSG want to break down this stubborn defence, they need to find a way past Thomas first. Key BattleJEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/Getty ImagesDefender Layvin Kurzawa told the official PSG website (h/t Aol.
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