Three games already since Caen are running low on inspiration but last round it seemed worse than ever (lost 1-0 away at Bastia).
The attacking trio Bessat – Delort – Rodelin (actually only a duo nowadays since Rodelin can’t make the team) is not that incisive anymore and Caen don’t create as many opportunities as they used to.
Central midfielder Feret stepped up and assumed responsibility but no matter how talented he may be, there’s not much he can achieve on his own.
It is really a shame as Caen were playing such efficient football and had no problems with injuries, but they still dropped form all of a sudden.
Last round Guingamp managed to score as soon as the game started and decided to reduce rythm afterwards. They were punished for this attitude and equalized in the dying seconds of the game (2-2 against Lorient). It was a disappointing result as they lost two points but hopefully they leaned a lesson.
About two weeks ago coach Gourvennec changed system and pushed Briand in the lone striker position. The strategy didn’t paid off and Guingamp were more predictable than ever in the attacking phase.
Now the old system has been restored and Briand is once again behind the striker, acting as a servant and feeling more comfortable.
Caen’s recent performances are inexplicable, but they can surely start impressing again without any-kind of notice. This should be a game of waiting and if a major mistake won’t happen both sides will be happy to split points.
UPDATE: Guingamp will miss defenders Baca and Angoua and midfielder Sankhare (suspended)
Caen : Vercoutre, Reulet – Alhadhur, Yahia, Appiah, Ben Youssef, Da Silva – Seube, Delaplace, Bessat, Féret, Leborgne, Adéoti – Ntibazonkiza, Delort, Rodelin, Karamoh, Louis, Nkololo
Guingamp : Lössl, Samassa – Sorbon, Jacobsen, Hery, Dos Santos, Lévêque – Mo.Diallo, De Pauw, Cardy, Benezet, Mathis, Blas, Coco, T.Giresse – Privat, Salibur, Briand