Guingamp were pretty unfortunate to lose last round away at Bastia (3-2). Two marking mistakes and an invented penalty deprived Guingamp of any points last round.
Young striker Alioui scored his first goals for Guingamp this season, picking up confidence and hopefully pushing Guingamp be more dangerous in future rounds.
Wingers were once again exponential for Guingamp, along with central midfielder Sankhare who was very active throughout the entire 90 minutes. If in the beginning of the season Guingamp were mostly focused on building actions on flanks, now central midfielder Sankhare (transferred-in this summer) is finally felling more comfortable and is more involved in the game. This way Guingamp’s attacking options have diversified as they are able to cover more areas.
Hosts should welcome back Langil after injury.
Reims were simply destroyed by Montpellier last round (Montpellier won 4-2). Even if Reims scored twice, both their goals came after Montpellier were 3-0 up and didn’t feel like playing anymore.
In defense Reims missed a couple of important players and they had no chance when trying to deal with speedy actions.
Reims will once again miss central defender Weber who is injured, same as his replacement Fofana. In these conditions coach Fournier will have to convert a defensive midfielder to central defender position (most likely midfielder Devaux).
The situation with fullbacks is not great either, seeing that both Mandi and Signorino (regular fullbacks) are highly doubtful ahead of this game.
Some of Reims’ fans joke and say the only good news is the suspension of striker Charbonnier… (he is suspended for this game)
Guingamp is a home team, always more lively on home ground. Hosts should be able to take all points in-front of a depleted side. I think we all agree that odds could be better for home win, but still, 2.05 will have to do. Medium confidence.