FOURTH-PLACED Angers travel to Niort – aiming to pile the pressure on the top three with the end of the campaign in sight.
Stephane Moulin’s side go into this one high in confidence following two wins and a draw from their last three away from the Stade Jean Bouin and will be desperate to maintain that positive form as a win could lift them into second place, depending on the results of Nantes and Guingamp.
Les Scoistes, who finished 11th in the top tier last season, have hit form at just the right time, and line up for this clash without a loss in their last half a dozen.
And 13 goals notched in that time shows just how lethal the visitors have been in the final third – a stat that will act as a warning to their hosts Niort here.
Pascal Gastien’s side have won just one of their last five on their own patch, and the pressure is on them to secure maximum points from this clash, as they sit in 15th place in the table – just a single point outside the drop zone.
Just one clean sheet from their last six suggests Les Chamois have been struggling at the back of late and that could be key in this fixture.
The hosts must make the most of their home advantage if they are to climb away from the danger area, especially with Le Mans – who occupy the last relegation place – winning their last outing, and possibly at the beginning of a resurgence.
Unfortunately for the Stade Rene Gillard side, I can’t see them getting any share of the spoils here, as Angers look to make their move into the top three.
Angers (7pm) @ 2.56