When it comes to freshness these teams are at opposite ends. If Evian’s Ligue1 game last round got postponed, Guingamp had to play a disappointing and exhausting midweek Europa League game.
Evian are surely hungry for action and we may see them more determined than usual.
There are some problems in the defensive department as Angoula will sit out through suspension and possible replacement Mensah is doubtful at the moment. In these conditions Mongongu and Cambon should pair up in central defense. Not exactly the most solid players but a decent defense that should resist to attempts coming from a soft opponent.
Hosts will welcome back midfielder Tejeda after suspension.
Guests have a small squad and can’t afford to rotate players in Europa League. Each time after playing in that competition Guingamp get heavily outplayed in Ligue1. Tiredness can’t be avoided and the overall strength is heavily diminished.
This time Europa League consequences may be more visible than ever as Guingamp played against 10 for an entire half and ran their lungs out in order to find the equalizer that never arrived (lost 2-1 to Fiorentina). Furthermore attacking midfielder Marveaux suffered an injury and will sit out. Lately Marveaux has been one of Guingamp’s best players so his absence will surely be felt.
At Guingamp the combination of exhaustion and desperation is having devastating consequences. Sometimes army convoys could pass between Guingamp’s defenders and it is no wonder they have the poorest Ligue1 defense (concede 1.78 goals per game).
Evian will surely make everything in their power to exploit opponent’s situation and escape the red zone. Evian -0.5 at 2.20.
UPDATE: Hosts ‘ defender Mensah haven’t receovered and will sit out, same as fullback Juelsgaard.
Evian: Hansen, B.Leroy – Abdallah, Cambon, Mongongu, Jon.Mensah, Sabaly – D.Koné, Tejeda, Sorlin, Boy, Barbosa, Camus, Wass, Thomasson, Benezet – Sougou, Nielsen, Bruno, Nsikulu
Guingamp: Lössl, Guichard, Yirango – Sorbon, Sankoh, Baca, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua – Beauvue, Giresse, S.Yatabaré, Sankharé, Mathis, L.Dos Santos, Mou.Diallo, Pied – Mandanne, Schwartz, Douniama