Guingamp vs Bordeaux by Lucien
After three consecutive victories in Ligue 1, Guingamp comes from a goalless draw away to GFC Ajaccio, however the result is far away from a negative one for them. Especially since the visiting side had to play with a man less from eight minute when Mathis got red carded. Naturally, they were limited to a passive role and did very, very little upfront, however neither their opponents were much more creative - but still had more of the ball possession, however with good defensive behavior of the visiting side.
This way, they increased their undefeated run in Ligue 1 to six matches, good run that saw the team climbing up to thirteenth position at the moment - being just eight points below Europa League fourth placed St Etienne and third and Champions League placed Nice - on hte other side, they are five points above relegating Montpellier and nothing is finished for them yet. Guingamp should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Erdinc and Briand as their strikers. Goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa (2/0) and right midfielder Nill de Pauw (11/0) are injured. Suspended for this game are midfielders Younousse Sankhare (21/4) and Lionel Mathis (17/0). Coach Jocelyn Gourvennec will have few alternative options in midfield.
Bordeaux, on the other side, comes from their second straight loss now, as the team got outplayed at home against St Etienne last Sunday evening. It was simply a game where nothing worked well for the hosts, while the visitors already had double lead after seven minutes of play, via Pajot in 4th and Tannane in 7th minute. Hosts reduced three minutes later via Yambere, but the players of St Etienne looked way more concrete and had more creativity, sealing the victory with goals from Soderlund in 70th and Roux five minutes later.
With this result, they continued with highly unpredictable performances, as they now continue to be in the middle of hte table, just two points more than tonight's opponents. On the road the side have been one of the worst performers with 1-6-5 record. Bordeaux continues to have huge injury list, since the visitors can't count at suspended striker Cheick Diabate (13/5), central defender Nicolas Pallois (13/0), but also at injured defensive Gregory Sertic (1/0), Pablo (8/1), forwards Isaac Thelin (5/0) and Nicolas Maurice-Belay (18/1), goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso (20/0) and midfielder Milan Gajic (no performance this season). Furthermore, goalkeeper Jerome Prior (5/0) and central defender Lamine Sane (6/0) have been suspended after the Cup game against Nantes. On the bright side, Mathieu Debuchy and Clement Chantome will be available after being rested last time out. Visitors should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Ounas, Crivelli and Rolan as forwards.
Easy or hard, I believe that the hosts will prevail here. They are coming with a boosted morale, are in great run and will be much more fresh after Bordeaux have played their extra-time on Wednesday evening against Nantes.