This is a bad moment for Guingamp who were eliminated from the French Cup (lost 3-0 at Gazelec Ajaccio) and also lost two points in Ligue1 after being equalized in the dying moments (2-2 against Nantes).
Guingamp recently transferred-in experienced striker Erding but he already got injured, missed the Cup game and most probably will sit out again this round. On the other hand Guingamp should welcome back key midfielder Sankhare who was suspended in the Cup.
The problem with Guingamp is that they can’t be constant in efforts and are happy to let opponents take the initiative. This strategy may have worked if Guingamp would have had a solid defense, but it’s not working with a mediocre defense.
It was a boring game between Bastia and Montpellier last round with only a few scoring opportunities and most of the action happening in the center of the field (Bastia won 1-0).
Winger Ayite returned from injury and was the man of the match, not necessarily because he scored the winner, but because he was extremely active and showed increased playing appetite. In the Cup game that followed Ayite started only on the bench, and Bastia struggled to advance and were eliminated by Ligue2 side Sochaux (lost 2-1).
The major problem with Bastia is the lack of a powerful striker, so they are forced to rely on wingers Ayite and Palmieri to compensate. Striker Brandao is simply useless and it’s a miracle how come he is still in the lineup.
In the light of recent results Guingamp may be a bit more determined, but unfortunately they can’t be trusted to maintain the same rythm for 90 minutes. Without a skilled striker it will be difficult for Bastia to speculate on counters and the entire burden will be once again on wingers’ shoulders.
UPDATE: Guingamp will miss suspended central midfielder Sankhare
Guingamp: Lössl, Guivarch – Jacobsen, Lévêque, Sorbon, Angoua, Kerbrat, Martins Pereira – Cardy, Benezet, Giresse, Coco, Mathis, Mo.Diallo – Erding, Privat, Briand, Salibur
Bastia: Hansen, J-L.Leca – Palmieri, Marange, Modesto, Peybernes, Squillaci, Djiku, Cioni – Cahuzac, L.Coulibaly, Mostefa, Danic, Ngando, Kamano, S.Diallo – Brandao, F.Ayité