'Less scary' PSG face challenge of surprising Angers
Paris: First place in Ligue 1 will be on the line on Saturday when leaders Paris Saint-Germain host their surprising challengers Angers at Parc des Princes.
With many of their traditional rivals, notably Lyon, Monaco and Marseille, languishing in the lower half of the table, PSG have moved two points clear with a string of narrow victories.
Since the start of September, PSG have only won one game by more than one goal. That was am impressive 3-0 home victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
They have won three of their last four Ligue 1 matches 1-0, with Neymar scoring a late winner each time: in the 70th minute against Bordeaux, the 87th minute at Lyon and two minutes into added time against Strasbourg.
Yet in their last home game they lost 2-0 to mid-table Reims.
PSG, who have scored more than 100 goals in each of the last two seasons, have hit just 13 in eight matches. Angers have scored 16.
It could be that Neymar has to shoulder the attacking load alone once more as the recently returned Kylian Mbappe is an injury doubt for Saturday.
Stephane Moulin, the Angers manager, believes the long sequence of injuries, notably to Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, has blunted PSG.
"They have been a little less scary for the past six months, because they have had a lot of players missing," said Moulin, who has been in charge since 2011, longer than any other manager in the big five European Leagues.
Neymar insists, that, even though he had given the impression in the summer
that he was desperate for a divorce, he remains committed to PSG.