Guingamp vs Nice by Lucien
Guingamp was so close to get defeated last weekend away to Caen, but the team still managed to take a point in last minutes of the game, needs to be said - it was more than fair outcome between the two sides. Hosts were a little bit better during the game which was quite a passive and only got more open in last twenty minutes or so.
Players of Caen took the lead in 80th minute with a goal from Rodelin, but the visitors responded just five minutes later via De Pauw, even though the impression was we were heading into a goalless game. After this point taken, Guingamp remained undefeated in last six matches in Ligue 1, but with three consecutive draws now which put them on fifth position, just a point behind Europa League placed Rennes.
Home side will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Coco and Salibur on the wings, plus Briand as central striker. Reynald Lemaitre, Dorian Leveque and Nicolas Benezet remain out without playing a single minute of football in French Ligue 1 this season, while doubtful are right defender Jordan Ikoko (13/0) and central midfielder Etienne Didot (5/0) both having fitness issues.
Nice, on the other side, were huge favorites in their home game against Bastia last weekend, but the team simply coudln't convert more chances into goals, even though they completely deserved a victory. They took the lead in eleventh minute with a goal from Plea and continued being better, but not enough concrete in the final effort.
Bastia equalized in 60th minute via Crivelli and the players of Nice re-gained complete control over the ball, but the winning goal never came. Even though they suffered a setback, the team remained at first position with ten victories, three draws and only one defeat, but now having only a point more than second and third placed Monaco and PSG. Nice, on the other hand, is set to play also in 4-3-3 formation with Donis, Plea and Eysseric as forwards this time. Mickael Le Bihan and Mouez Hassen are both injured for a long time, while sidelined are also striker Mario Balotelli (6/6) and central defender Paul Baysse (9/2).
Guingamp comes with improved morale into this one and in pretty decent form, while visitors from Nice need to react here and can't stay behind the ball after some shaky results recently. Something that promises more open and attacking football than what the current odds suggest.