Shy performance from Caen last week on a difficult pitch (heavy rain) away at Monpellier (lost 1-0)
Caen were dominated for most of the game and they could only create one or two scoring opportunities following free-kicks.
Forward Sala consumed his energy in vain as was mostly running in parallel to opponents’ goal instead of trying to attack it. There was almost no support from teammates so Sala was all alone upfront.
Things can’t get any better since creative midfielder Feret got out injured and most likely will miss this round.
Caen were a bit lucky to concede only once as there were big spaces between defenders and also players failed to anticipate opponents’ moves.
Disappointing result for Guingamp last round who have pushed for 90 minutes but only drew 1-1 with Evian. Forwards Mandanne and Beauvue partnered upfront like in the good days when Guingamp were scoring goals from all position in Europa League.
But nowadays only Beauvue is playing at full potential (scored last week) as Mandanne got lazy, barely lifts his legs, is always in offside and his attempts on goal are more like soft passes to the keeper.
It’s been 4 rounds since Guingamp last won a game but all players have been constantly improving and increasing efforts (all players with the exception of Mandanne…). The only problem is upfront where balls easily go to waste when they reach lazy Mandanne.
Odds are wrongly set as Guingamp have the upper hand in this encounter but due their inability to apply the finishing touch it’s better to skip this game.
UPDATE: Midfielder Feret recovered from injury and is once again fit for action. Guingamp will miss central midfielder Mathis due to suspension.
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Appiah, A.Yahia, D.Da Silva, Calvé, Imorou – Adéoti, Seube, N.Kanté, Féret – Benezet, Lemar, Privat, Bazile, Sala, Koïta, Nangis
Guingamp: Lössl, Samassa – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Lemaître, Baca, Angoua – Giresse, Sankharé, S.Marveaux, Mo.Diallo, Cardy, Pied, S.Yatabaré, Dos Santos – Beauvue, Mandanne, Salibur, Alioui, Douniama