GFC Ajaccio vs Guingamp by Lucien
GFC Ajaccio is not having many impressive performances lately, very far away from it and if they continue in the same manner, the team might be involved into the relegation battle very soon. They come into this game after an easy defeat away to Nantes few days ago with a 3:1 result, as the team now stands at seventeenth position, having just a point more than relegating placed Montpellier.
Additionally, they are without a victory in last five Ligue 1 matches, coming from three straight defeats during which they have netted only one goal, conceding eight in the progress. Defeats came away from home against Rennes and Nantes, but also a big disappointment in front of own fans when they got outplayed by Montpellier 0:4 just seven days ago. As said, they were outplayed against Nantes and even though they temporarily reduced the deficit to 2:1 in 27th minute via Mayi, the team practically stood without chances once their midfielder Younga stood red carded at the start of the second half, while the hosts sealed the victory few minutes later for the final 3:1. Midfielder Amos Youga (14/0) is suspended after his red card last time out against Nantes and should be replaced by Damjan Djokovic. Offensive midfielder Gregory Pujol (13/2) is injured. Khalib Boutaib is back after serving his suspension.
Guingamp, on the other side, comes from a very impressive 4:0 victory at home over Troyes last Wednesday evening. It was their third consecutive victory in Ligue 1 (having a bit easier schedule too), since they won over Bastia 1:0 at home and 2:1 on the road against Toulouse previously within last two weeks.
With nine points in three rounds, the team climbed up to thirteenth position now, having five points more than relegating worried Montpellier and there is no doubt that they'll be able to get to the safe zone much easier, in case the team continues to perform that well. On the other side, they are only seven points away from the European tickets and even that isn't finished story for them. No doubt that morale is at great level, as they surely aim their fourth victory against obviously side with less more potential. Visitors will miss injured offensive right midfielder Nill de Pauw (11/0) and goalkeeper Mamdou Samassa (1/0), who anyway isn't their first choice. Right back Jonathan Pereira sustained a thigh injury las time out and remains doubtful for this one. Marcus Coco, on the bright side, returns from suspension.
Haivng in mind their current streaks and form, but also overall players' individual quality and the current atmosphere, I can't see the home side being a favorite here. Draw can't be exluded, but the visitors definitely have more chances to come out as winners here, giving us a decent value bet.