Guingamp were pretty lucky to play against 9 for an entire half in the midweek Europa league game against Dinamo Kiev. Even if they conceded Guingamp got a good result considering the name of the opponent.
Creative midfielder Marveaux finally returned from injury and played for 45 minutes. He was out a long period and it’s clear he needs time to pick up form and confidence.
Coach Gourvennec will have to be very careful and not leave in-form players on the bench for Marveaux’s sake and diminish the overall strength. Against Dinamo Kiev for example forward Mandanne was replaced and at the moment he is a key a player for Guingamp, along with Beauvue.
Guingamp will welcome back midfielder Diallo who missed last round due to suspension.
Not much news about Montpellier since their game against Monaco last round got postponed. The most important thing about Montpellier that should be taken in consideration before placing any bets is that players reduced rythm in comparison to the first game of 2015.
Back then offensive midfielders were constantly creating dangerous actions and even helped mediocre forward Barrios pick up form (he even scored a hat-trick about 1 month ago).
Defensively Montpellier look pretty solid with defenders receiving constant support from the central midfielders. Montpellier seem most vulnerable at set pieces as man-marking is not their major strength.
Tiredness won’t be a factor to be taken in consideration in Guingamp’s case as even if they are a small group by now players are accustomed with playing in midweek (in the first part of the season they also played in Europa League and even in the French Cup).
Difficult game ahead with the home side having a better form an confidence.
UPDATE: Guests will have to do without forward Barrios.
Guingamp: Lössl, Samassa – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua, Lévêque, Baca, Sankoh – T.Giresse, Pied, Sankharé, Mathis, Sa.Yatabaré, S.Marveaux, Mo.Diallo – Beauvue, Mandanne, Schwartz
Montpellier: Jourdren, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Deplagne – J.Marveaux, B.Dabo, Saihi, Lasne, Sanson, Chaouche – Mounier, Bérigaud, So.Camara, Bakar