Marseille vs Guingamp by Neuro
Marseille comes from their third negative result in last four competitive matches played, as the team lost 2:1 away to Montpellier last Friday evening. From the first moment the game didn't go as planned for them, with the team being unable to show full creativity and impose their own pace during the ninety minutes.
Hosts took the lead in the second half, with a goal from Berigaud in 39th minute, while they also struck them at the beginning of the second half with a goal from Lasne. Since then players of Marseille stepped up and tried to do something more, but only achieved one goal in 68th minute with a goal from Omrani, being unable to get the equalizer even though they had some good chances. With a bit more poor form and disappointing results recently, team lost their first position and are now a point below Lyon, being in a must win situation in order to keep their chances alive. Coach Marco Bielsa is happy to announce he has no injury worries in front of this game, but the team won't be full here as they have three players away to African Cup of Nations: defender Nicolas N'Koulou (17/2), midfielder Alexander N'Doumbou (no performance yet this season) and forward Andre Ayew (15/3).
Guingamp, on the other side, broke their streak of nine undefeated matches in all competitions, with a 2:0 defeat away to Monaco last weekend. Hosts went strong into the match and opened the scoreline in eight minute with a goal from Berbatov, but deciding factor happened in 33rd minute when visiting striker Mandanne got red carded.
Visitors were unable to match in-form opponent from that moment on and were mostly limited to defend only, something they did very well for the most of the game, but finally conceded the second goal in fourth minute of additional time when Martial wrote final 2:0 score. Generally, they didn't threaten much during the match, but neither they could having played with a man less. Striker Christophe Mandanne (18/6) is suspended for this game, while the visitors side have few players injured who surely won't perform: defensive midfielder Lionel Mathis (14/0), offensive midfielder Sylvain Marveaux (15/2), goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa (8/0) and full back Maxime Baca (11/0). Right back Baissama Sankoh (7/0), central midfielder Sambou Yatabare (13/1) and forward Ladislas Douniama (7/1) are on international duty at African Cup of Nations. Despite all the absences, coach Jocelyn Gourvennec will stick to his known 4-4-2 formation.
Marseille is a favorite to win here, but goals are especially expected, having in mind good form players of Guingamp currently are. As usually, hosts will try to attack from the first moment, but the visiting side will also be as offensive as possible, trying to continue with surprisingly good performances they do recently. All in all, offensive approach from both teams should guarantee us at least three goals scored here.