Guingamp weren’t that bad last week away at St Etienne and the final scoreline is a bit misleading (St Etienne won 3-0). With 5 minutes to go St Etienne were leading just by one goal after a somewhat balanced encounter. When Guingamp started to push more they were forced to open up and got punished on counters.
For some reason coach Gourvennec preferred striker Dembele instead of Privat. Dembele had a really annoying performance and managed to waste every single opportunity forward Briand created for him. By the time coach Gourvennec replaced Dembele it was already too late.
Hosts may once again miss midfielder Mathis who is injured.
Reims were very happy with one point last round against Rennes, and it’s understandable considering they played in 10 for about half an hour (finished 2-2).
The game was balanced, in the sense that both sides made just about the same amount of defensive mistakes.
It’s been a while since Reims scored twice but to be honest there wasn’t a clear offensive improvement. Central midfielder Oniangue returned from injury, showed increased playing appetite and constantly tried to push the game forward, but didn’t really had much support from the other players.
The attacking strength may be reduced this round since important winger Diego suffered and injury and most probably will sit out.
Guests will also miss defensive midfielder Kankava who is suspended.
Reims haven’t kept a clean sheet for two months already and there are no signs of any defensive improvement. Guingamp are constant in efforts, have more resources available and aren’t known for doing defensive blunders. Guingamp -0.5 at 1.96
UPDATE: Guingamp will once again miss central midfielder Mathis (injured).
Guingamp: Lössl, Guivarc’h – Sorbon, Angoua, Kerbrat, Lévêque, Jacobsen, Lemaître – Cardy, Benezet, Sankharé, Mo.Diallo, Giresse, Coco – Privat, Salibur, Briand, M.Dembélé
Reims: K.Agassa, Placide – M.Fofana, A.Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, H.Traoré, Weber, A.Turan – Devaux, O.Fortes, Bulot, Mfulu, Oniangué, Peuget – De Preville, Ngog, Siebatcheu