Guingamp’s position in the table doesn’t exactly reflect the reality, as they have a decent squad, full of potential, but unfortunately reserves are way under the value of regulars.
Last week they made a good game away at Marseille and even came close to winning a few times (finished 0-0). The classic 4-4-2 system helps them to close ranks rapidly and easily reject incoming actions.
Newly arrived striker Erding played for about 15 minutes, barely touched the ball and most probably he won’t make much of an impact at Guingamp, considering that his days of glory are far away.
The midweek Cup game against Lille was very exhausting and disappointing as Guingamp used the best [possible team (only midfielder Mathis was on the bench) but lost at penalties.
Nantes’ vivacity and enthusiasm played a major role last week when they made an impressive comeback and won 2-1 against St Etienne.
Newly arrived midfielder Gillet adapted instantly and came pretty close to finding the net a couple of times. He is a hard worker and will definitely be an asset for Nantes.
The future looks really good for Nantes and if they can keep up the same rythm, there’s definitely a place for them in the upper half of the the table.
Nantes were never really a force in away games, and considering that opponents will be very determined, this will be a really difficult test for them.
Both sides are in decent form and confidence, so from this point of view absolutely any outcome is possible. Guingamp may be a bit more daring due to their delicate situation, and could get punished on counters.
UPDATE: Guingamp will once again miss defender Baca and midfielder DE Pauw. Nantes welcome back fullback Sabaly after injury.
Guingamp: Jonas Lössl, Théo Guivarch – Lars Jacobsen, Jérémy Sorbon, Benjamin Angoua, Christophe Kerbrat, Dorian Lévêque, Reynald Lemaître, Jonathan Martins Pereira – Younousse Sankharé, Nicolas Benezet, Thibault Giresse, Marcus Coco, Lionel Mathis, Moustapha Diallo – Sloan Privat, Jimmy Briand, Yannis Salibur, Mevlüt Erding
Nantes: Dupé, Riou – Cana, Djidji, Dubois, Lenjani, Sabaly, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Gillet, Gomis, Iloki, Thomasson, B. Touré – Adryan, Audel, Bammou, Sigthorsson