Paris SG vs Angers LIVE Football Score 11/01/2023
Paris Saint-Germain will expect a return to winning ways on Wednesday when they host a struggling Angers side at the Parc des Princes. Christophe Galtier’s side fell 3-1 to high-flying Lens last time out in Ligue 1 and came perilously close to a Coupe de France scare against third-tier side Chateauroux, needing two late goals to eke out a victory. By the Parisians’ high standards, the past week has not been good enough and they’ll plan to take their frustrations out on an Angers side who sit bottom of the table with just eight points to their name after 17 games – 36 behind league-leaders PSG.Messi was given two weeks off by his club after leading Argentina to glory in Qatar last month, returning to the training ground last Wednesday when he was given a guard of honour by his teammates.
The 35-year-old did not play any part in PSG’s Coupe de France win at Châteauroux last Friday but he did train normally on Tuesday and the expectation is that he will feature against Angers, although how long he plays for remains to be seen. The return of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has scored 12 goals in 19 appearances this season in all competitions, is a timely boost for coach Christophe Galtier with Neymar Jr. currently undergoing treatment on the ankle he injured in Brazil’s first game at the World Cup.
That injury did not stop the world’s most expensive player from returning for the knockout rounds in Qatar and he also played in PSG’s first game back after the long hiatus when they hosted RC Strasbourg Alsace on December 28. However, he was sent off in that game and therefore missed the following 3-1 defeat at RC Lens on New Year’s Day due to suspension. Neymar was then rested against Châteauroux and has spent recent days undergoing physio.With a big game coming on Sunday away to Stade Rennais FC before PSG travel next midweek to Qatar and then on to Saudi Arabia for a friendly match in Riyadh, Galtier may seek to keep Neymar back here against struggling opponents.
Nevertheless there is also the possibility that Kylian Mbappé will again be rested, as he was for the Châteauroux game. Ligue 1’s leading scorer spent time last week in New York with his friend and teammate Achraf Hakimi, meaning they also missed the Coupe de France tie, when a largely second-string side toiled against third-tier opponents before eventually easing to victory thanks to late goals by Carlos Soler and Juan Bernat.
Significant changes are expected to the Paris starting line-up, with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Danilo Pereira all contenders to return to the team. Marco Verratti is out with a thigh injury while Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes are still on the sidelines, although Renato Sanches is now back in full training.PSG’s unbeaten record this season was ended in their last league game at Lens, when their lead over Les Sang et Or at the top of the table was cut to just four points. But it would be a huge shock if the capital club slipped up here, given that they are unbeaten at the Parc des Princes in all competitions since April 2021, except for a Coupe de France loss on penalties to OGC Nice a year ago.
Angers, in stark contrast, are bottom of the table, seven points from safety. They are on a shocking run of nine successive league defeats, including back-to-back losses since Abdel Bouhazama was handed the reins of the first team following the sacking of coach Gérald Baticle during the World Cup break.They were given a boost in the Coupe de France last weekend when they won on penalties away to Strasbourg after a goalless draw, but they will hope to at least avoid a heavy defeat that would further damage morale before they embark on a kinder run of fixtures starting at home to Clermont Foot 63 on Sunday.
“We have just stopped a negative spiral of results so we have to be pleased about that. That can give the lads some confidence again,” said Bouhazama, who was made coach on a permanent basis last week. Moroccan World Cup stars Azzedine Ounahi and Sofiane Boufal have still not featured for Angers since the tournament, with both being strongly linked with moves away from the club in the January transfer window.
Paris Saint-Germain will endeavour to return to type in Ligue 1 when they face off against basement side Angers at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening.
The champions progressed in the Coupe de France courtesy of a 3-1 success over Chateauroux at the weekend, while Les Scoistes put their name in the hat for the next round after seeing off Strasbourg on penalties.Without the glue that is Lionel Messi holding the team together, PSG – who also had to cope without the suspended Neymar – saw their powers wane at the home of closest challengers Lens, who made the Ligue 1 title race just that little bit more interesting on New Year’s Day.
A 3-1 success for Franck Haise’s charges ended PSG’s unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season after 17 games, but they were handed a golden chance to bounce back against Championnat National side Chateauroux in the Coupe de France third round and did so via their own 3-1 scoreline, with Juan Bernat, Carlos Soler and Hugo Ekitike netting. Celebrations would have been kept to a minimum on Friday evening as PSG aim to maintain or increase their four-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table, and despite their miserable journey to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, the champions’ remarkable Parc des Princes record remains intact.
Indeed, Christophe Galtier’s side have taken 22 points from a possible 24 in front of their own fans this term and are on a six-game domestic winning streak at the Parc des Princes, racking up 11 goals in their previous three encounters in the capital.
Not since a 1-0 loss to Galtier’s Lille in April 2021 have PSG come away from their headquarters with nothing to show for their efforts in Ligue 1 – going unbeaten in 30 such games since – and any prayers from those travelling to support the division’s worst performers may therefore go unanswered.Showcasing his heading ability in his own box and the opposition’s box, Angers striker Abdallah Sima went from hero to zero against Lorient on New Year’s Day, rising highest to strike the game’s opening goal before turning into his own net, and Enzo Le Fee completed the Merlus turnaround with a thumping strike late on.
Amid their never-ending struggles to drag themselves away from relegation danger, Angers did at least manage to join PSG in the draw for the fourth round of the Coupe de France, as Strasbourg duo Gerzino Nyamsi and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde both fluffed their lines from the penalty spot after a 0-0 draw.
However, attention quickly turns back to the fight for survival in Ligue 1, with defeat to Lorient leaving Abdel Bouhazama’s side in 20th place with a mere eight points to their name from 17 matches – seven adrift of the safety of 16th place at the time of writing.
Taking just four points from their eight away games so far in the 2022-23 Ligue 1 season and losing each of their last four, Angers also travel to the Parc des Princes having failed to take a single point versus a top-half team this year – only Auxerre have also suffered an identical fate. Furthermore, each of PSG’s last 14 games against Angers in any competition has ended in victory for the French champions – including a 12-game winning streak in the top division – during which time the hapless Scoistes have only found the back of the net on six occasions.