In-spite not winning last round both sides had impressive performances.
Ajaccio managed to equalize away at Nantes only in extra time (ended 2-2), but throughout 90 minutes they were determined and constant in efforts.
Ajaccio changed many strikers this season. Only now it seems they are finally stable upfront because of Tallo. He is very active in every game, creates many spaces, applies the finishing touch with lucidity and is also happy to deliver crucial assists.
Another player in great form is midfielder Andre, who is more advanced now with play-maker Cavalli out injured. Andre’s vision plays a big role in Ajaccio’s game and just like a paradox, Cavalli’s injury may have given Andre wings, as he’s got more freedom now.
There are no news regarding Cavalli’s situation. We’ll just have to wait until official squads are announced.
Opponents Guingamp were really unlucky last round (lost 1-0 against Evian). They controlled the game but failed to apply the finishing touch. Their style is simple with perpendicular actions on the goal. The only thing dragging the team back is the offensive inefficiency.
The defensive phase is pretty organized so it’s a tough task to try and open up Guingamp. Only once in a while defenders get relaxed and opponents can speculate.
Good news as striker Douniama will return after being injured a couple of rounds. In his absence young Alioui was a starter but his performances were alternating form one week to another. He is a talented played but has yet to accumulate enough experience to survive in Ligue1.
This should be an interesting encounter with both sides eager to exploit their good moment (confidence and playing style). But when it comes to betting, picking a side will be just like trying to win the lottery.
UPDATE: Ajaccio will once again miss play-maker Cavalli. Defender Dielna also suffered an injury.
Ajaccio: Ochoa, O.Sissoko – Hengbart, Perozo, Orengo, Nadeau, Tonucci – R.Faty, Si.Diarra, Mostefa, André, Lasne, Gonçalvès, Remiti – Tallo, Ab.Camara, Oliech
Guingamp: Ndy Assembé, Samassa – Kerbrat, Martins Pereira, Sorbon, Cerdan, Sankoh – Giresse, Dos Santos, Mathis, Atik, Sankharé, Beauvue, M.Diallo – Alioui, M.Yatabaré, M.Dembélé, Langil, Douniama