Guingamp afforded to rest the most important offensive players in the midweek Cup game against Chateauroux and they still won 2-0.
Midfielder Pied watched the entire game from the bench while Beauvue played only one half and he still managed to score.
This victory was exactly what Guingamp needed in order to get back on the right track. Last week they had 2 difficult encounters against top opponents (Monaco in the Cup and Marseille in Ligue1), lost both games and confidence has been affected. The win over Chateauroux should help Guingamp pick up some form and rythm.
Most likely they will use the same formula as they did last round against Marseille, with the sole exception of Mandanne who will return after suspension.
It is a mystery how come Lorient escaped without conceding last round (won 1-0 against Lille) as defenders were very distracted, failed to concentrate even at easy balls and were often caught on the wrong foot. Even key central defender Lautoa (team captain) has clear problems in focusing and staying in alert.
Just like before the winter break fullback Guerreiro started again to advance, only this time there is a significant difference as he lacks form and often gets tangled in his own dribbling moves.
There is however a positive aspect in Lorient’s play that nobody can deny, namely the warrior attitude of midfielders, but unfortunately the levels of energy sooner or later come to an end.
Nowadays (with Ayew away at African Cup of Nations) Lorient don’t rely on skills for opening up opponents but on brute force. Guingamp are disciplined and organized and that should be enough from preventing Lorient to approach the penalty box. Meanwhile hosts can always exploit Lorient’s defensive softness. Guingamp -0.5 at 2.26
UPDATE: Lorient welcome back defender Kone, forward Lavigne and winger Barthelme. Same bet
Guingamp: Lössl, Guichard – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua, Lévêque, Lemaître – T.Giresse, L.Dos Santos, Pied, Sankharé, Mou.Diallo – Beauvue, Achahbar, Salibur, Alioui, Coco, Mandanne
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Pedrinho, Lautoa, L.Koné, Wachter, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Sunu, Lavigne, Mostefa, Mesloub, Abdullah, Autret, Barthelmé – Jeannot, Bruno