Just before the winter break Guingamp was the most pleasant surprise in Ligue1. They managed to qualify for the European spring and in Ligue1 they won 10 points from 4 games (3 wins and 1 draw).
It was an exhausting first part of the season for Guingamp as they used same players in both competitions (Europa League and Ligue1). Many analysts expected a disastrous month after tiredness accumulated but Guingamp proved them wrong.
They started the new year in full confidence after winning 3-0 against Dinan-Lehon and qualifying for the next stage of the French Cup. It was almost like a training session that assured the same level of confidence as in December 2014.
Opponents Lens were eliminated from the Cup after a poor game against Lyon (Lyon won 3-2). Lyon controlled most of the game, had a comfortable lead with 15 minutes to go, but players started thinking on how they should spend the rest of the evening and ended up conceding twice.
There is no change of tactics at Lens and upfront they rely exclusively on the actions created by fullback Baal and midfielder Valdivia, actions that can be easily rejected by opponents who make their homework.
In defense there are always open spaces as midfielders fail to anticipate opponents’ moves, they are too slow and never provide enough support for the defense.
Guests may welcome back forward Touzghar after injury.
Confidence is running high at Guingamp after a great month, and now, since tiredness is not an issue anymore, they will more fired up than ever and will control all games on home ground, especially against opponents belonging in the lower half of the table. Guingamp -0.5 at 1.98
UPDATE: Guingamp will have to do wihout Sankoh, Douniama and Yatabare who are on international duty. Same bet
Guingamp: Lössl, Guichard, Yirango – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua, Lévêque – Giresse, L.Dos Santos, Pied, Sankharé, Mou.Diallo – Schwartz, Beauvue, Mandanne, Achahbar, Salibur, Alioui
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – Ab.Ba, Baal, Boulenger, Fradj, Gbamin, Kantari – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Le Moigne, Nomenjanahary, B.Sylla, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Guillaume