Angers vs Toulouse
French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Kick-Off at 19:00 BST
Venue: Stade Jean-Bouin, Angers.
A double salvo from Famara Diedhiou was enough for Angers to see off Bastia 1-2 on match day 9, earning their fourth victory of the campaign which is shaping up to be every bit as promising as the last when they finished a highly creditable 9th.
Stephane Moulin’s side, who currently occupy 10th spot, welcome high flying Toulouse to Stade Jean-Bouin this Saturday evening and the visitors have really exceeded expectations over the last few weeks.
Last weekend’s excellent 3-1 home success against Monaco was Toulouse’s fifth win in nine and moved them up to 4th in the table – just two points shy of the automatic Champions League qualification places.
After narrowly avoiding relegation with a 17th place finish last term, TFC are unlikely to be realistically aiming for Europe this season however recent results achieved (which also include a 2-0 home win against champions PSG) suggest that Pascal Dupraz’ men should be well clear of danger in 2016/17.
Like Angers and Diedhiou, Toulouse have a prolific talisman in the shape of Martin Braithwaite and the Danish international has struck six times already this term – his haul including a brace in the aforementioned win against Monaco last time out.
With both teams looking in relatively good nick, in high spirits following last weekend, and the best performing side away from home, it may pay to focus on the goals angle rather than the result on Saturday.
A draw is a highly likely result for the above reasons but on the basis that Angers have scored in their last five and Toulouse have bagged nine goals in their last five outing, both teams to score is the value call at odds against with 2-2 offering lengthy odds for a realistic shot in the correct score market.
Angers vs Toulouse Head-to-Head Stats
In recent fixtures the teams have only met twice with one win a piece. The last meeting was here in Angers just in May of this year where Toulouse won a five goal thriller. On both occasions both teams has scored and there is a good trend of seeing goals in these matches.
Angers vs Toulouse: Prediction
Toulouse is the better side on paper but their returns from road matches have been pretty poor. And they are coming up against an Angers side who are in good spirits. The safe pick for this match is to back both teams to claim goals. The statistics also show that this could end in a stalemate and this is our alternate pick for the match.
Angers vs Toulouse: Betting Tips
Both teams to score at 11/10 (2.10)
Angers and Toulouse to draw at 21/10 (3.10).