Angers take on the visitors Montpellier at "Stade Jean-Bouin" in the closing gameweek of the French Ligue 1 in the season 2016/2017. The match will be played in Angers on Saturday, May 20th.
Last round Angers sensationally defeated Nice with 2:0 scoreline on the road demonstrating they are ready for the Coupe de France final and that they are in a good competitive form. The team picked up 43 points in 37 matchdays of the Ligue 1 with 38-49 goal difference and is currently sharing the 11th-14th places in the table with Toulouse, Lille and Metz. Here is where Angers will finish the season as the side is four points ahead of the closest chaser while Guingamp, sitting on the 10th position, are four points above the hosting team of the matchup and are not reachable any more. In 18 home clashes Angers gained 26 points. Although it should be noted that the side lost three recent games at its own turf: vs. Monaco 0:1, vs. Paris SG 0:2 and vs. Lyon 1:2.
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Montpellier failed at the end of the season, having lost four recent encounters with 1:9 aggregated score. The visitors started losing their fights in the Ligue 1 as soon as they guaranteed themselves saving a place in the elite division. Currently Montpellier occupy the 15th place in the standings with 39 points earned and it looks like this is where they will finish the season. On the road “La Paillade” demonstrate weak performance resulting in 10 points gained, 20 goals for and 42 goals against in 18 games.
The upcoming battle has tournament not importance for either of the teams, still none of the rivals would like to lose the closing clash of the season in front of their supporters plus the visiting side has been playing on loose for quite a long time. Despite their appearing on the field they are indifferent to playing and winning.
Prediction for the match: Angers to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.