Concarneau vs Guingamp by Kamlesh
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Concarneau play in the CFA league which is the fourth division of the French football league system. Despite being much inferior to teams of superior leagues in France, Concarneau have done well to reach the quarter finals of the Coupe De France. They eliminated two Ligue 2 teams (Dijon and Niort) both in extra time and one CFA team (Iris Club de Croix). It's difficult to play against Concarneau on their home ground as they are very compact and the pitch makes it difficult for other teams to find space and break them down. There are no injuries in the team but there are no well known players as well as they are an amateur team.
Guingamp are a professional team and they are having a decent season in Ligue 1. They also did well in Europa League as well despite being eliminated. In Ligue 1, they are in midtable position and they have virtually nothing to gain. Their form has not been good lately as they suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions as they played too many matches in few days. Defenders Baca (9/0) and Leveque (17/1) are the only injuries in the team.
Concarneau have reached this stage of the competition mainly because of their home ground where their home ground makes it difficult for other teams to play. However, this time, they do not have any home advantage as the match will be played in Lorient on synthetic pitch which suits Guingamp mostly as they have already played there once and the stadium will be able to accomdate more of their fans to support them.
There is great quality gap between these two teams and Guingamp are obviously the better team. One of their main objective this season is to try to win this cup. As such, the coach said that he will not underestimate Concarneau even if they are an amateur team.
On the other hand, the goalkeeper of Concarneau stated that their objective is to hold Guingamp to a 0-0 scoreline as long as possible. Last year, they played against Guingamp in Coupe De France and the match went 0-0 with Guingamp winning in extra time. But at that time, they had home advantage and it was in the 16th finals which made it difficult for the away team. This team, they don't have any real advantage.
Guingamp won the Coupe De France Cup last season and they will aim at repeating this feat. With a much better and larger squad, Guingamp are the obvious favorite to win this game and I think an away win in normal time is very probable as they already know the style of play of Concarneau and they are taking this competition very seriously as they are in the quarter finals and very close to the finals. Also, the match will be played in neutral ground.
Guingamp Asian Handicap -1
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|Guingamp AH -1||Pinnacle||1.90||8||1-2 PUSH (Stake return)|
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