Bordeaux recorded a 5th consecutive draw last round (1-1 away at Ajaccio). This series is representative for their current state, not constant in efforts and low on morale and confidence.
Last week Bordeaux’s defense was full of holes, both in the center and on the sides. Central defender Henrique was out injured (will return for this game), but he wasn’t that reliable recently anyway and some of his mistakes proved to be vital.
Midfielders had problems in organizing the play and keeping possession and as a consequence opponents didn’t need any extra skills to apply pressure.
Upfront striker Diabate returned from injury, played about one half, but was very shy and it is clear he still needs some time to pick up a rythm.
Even if opponents Ajaccio have one of the weakest defenses in Ligue1, Bordeaux could only score following a free-kick…
Guingamp eliminated giants Monaco from the Cup in the midweek. Even if overall Monaco had a small advantage, Guingamp was the smartest side. They took their chances without hesitation and confidently stood ground in defense.
Striker Yatabare is simply on fire after netting twice against Monaco.
Last round against Nantes, Guingamp had some problems in defending the flanks, but in the Cup game against Monaco it seemed that the issue was fixed. Even if it was only an illusion, Bordeaux don’t really have the necessary abilities, or motivation for that matter, to corner Guingamp.
Guingamp may have accumulated some tiredness due to the Cup game, but their dangerous position in the table will surely compensate and make them fresher than ever.
There’s no doubt the momentum belongs to Guingamp, both when it comes to confidence and playing style. Guingamp +0.25 at 2.19
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Jug – Faubert, Henrique, Mariano, Orban, Planus, L.Sané, Pellenard – Maurice-Belay, Biyogo-Poko, Sertic, Rolan, Ab.Traoré – Hoarau, Jussié, C.Diabaté, Saivet
Guingamp: Samassa, Ndy Assembé – Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Cerdan, Martins-Pereira, Vivian, Lemaître, Sankoh – Giresse, Atik, Mou.Diallo, Sankharé – Beauvue, Alioui, Mo.Yatabaré, Langil, Douniama, M.Dembélé