Monaco vs Guingamp by Isaiah
Monaco comes from a goalless draw at home against Bordeaux, result that is probably fair for both of the teams. The draw was the only solution there, however both teams missed several good goalscoring chances and it could be said that they both deserved to score once at least. Monaco had more of the ball possession, but Bordeaux fought back in a best possible way and were very threatening on the counter attacks.
However, as already said, the draw reflects fairly on what we saw on the field. It surely isn't a positive result for Monaco, but at least the team stood without defeat for one more game. After four consecutive victories, they are also with no defeat in last eight matches in all competitions, conceding only one goal in the progress. Defense is surely their strong point, but offensive part of the team is obviously full of problems, as coach Jardim looks for another striker as he strongly believes they need improvement there. Central defender Aymen Abdennour (8/0) and striker Lacina Traore (6/1) are both missing due African Cup of Nations. Important defensive midfielders Jeremy Toulalan (16/0) and Geoffrey Kondogbia (11/1) are also out injured and will represent a huge blow to their midfield. Finally, right winger Nabil Dirar (14/1) is also out, as the home team has exactly the same absences as against Bordeaux.
Guingamp, on the other side, comes from a 2:0 home victory over Lens last weekend. Actually, the teams were quite even during the game, with Lens having a bit more of the ball possession and some more chances created. However, goals are being counted only and that's where the hosts have shown their full effectivity on that day.
With a goal in each half they much easier victory than it was expect, while there is no doubt that the draw might have been more fair result. Anyway, the team continues being in a very good form at the moment, as they seven victories in last eight matches, being now completely off from the relegation zone in Ligue 1 with five points more than dangerously placed sides. Their confidence is soaring at the moment, while coach tries to keep the roster fresh, since they are not that strong on the bench. Midfielder Sylvain Marveaux (14/0) is missing already for a month and a half, while the team also can't count at African Cup of Nations duty tied: right defender Baissama Sankoh (4/0), forward Ladislas Douniama (6/0) and midfielder Sambou Yatabare (11/1). Also, injured is midfielder Mustapha Diallo (15/1) - all absences that were already missing in previous weeks.
Monaco is usually getting the desired results, however with lot's of problems in creative part of the game and when scoring goals. Having that in mind, but also great form of Guingamp as the team has seven victories in last eight matches, Monaco might have hell of a tough game here. Current odds are surely representing value on the visiting side who can easily steal the victory even after the ninety minutes while the draw seems to be most logical choice after the regular time.