Competition: Ligue 1
Market: Over 1.5 goals
Odds: 4/11 @ 888sport
In what could prove to be another lively affair from the Stade du Moustoir on Sunday afternoon, Angers will host Lorient.
Starting with the hosts, while Lorient might have found an immediate boost when returning from the World Cup break last month, Regis Le Bris’ side are desperately seeking some recent stability. Suffering a real collapse on the road in midweek as they eventually slumped to an action-packed 4-2 loss against Reims, Les Merlus have now managed to win just one of their last five domestic showdowns across all formats within 90 minutes. Likewise, while some around the Stade du Moustoir might be dreaming of a shock European charge in 2023, the Oranges have won just one of their previous four Ligue 1 outings. With that rut highlighted by a 3-1 drumming away at Marseille on January 14th, Lorient have also shown some extended issues at the back. In fact, Sunday’s hosts have remarkably failed to muster a sole top-flight clean sheet from any of their last 10 straight attempts – a run that stems all the way back to October 15th.
As for the visitors, last seen getting hit with a dreadful 2-1 loss at home against Ajaccio earlier in the week, Angers are at the heart of a rather public Ligue 1 nightmare this season. Sat rock-bottom of the table and managing to put just eight points on their board from any of their 21 top-flight appearances, Abdel Bouhazama’s men are already seeking a miracle in 2023. Already 11 points adrift of safety and freefalling their way out of Ligue 1 this year, Le SCO have also remarkably lost each of their last 13 straight top-tier battles – a run that stems all the way back to September 18th. Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny on either side of the World Cup break, Angers have also gained a real reputation for their defensive struggles. Including a 4-0 drumming away at Brest last weekend, it should be noted that Sunday’s guests have already shipped 47 Ligue 1 strikes this season.
Bet: Over 1.5 goals at Lorient vs Angers 4/11 for Sunday’s Ligue 1 contest @ 888sport
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