Guingamp used the best possible squad in the midweek Cup game against Nice (only regular central midfielder Mathis was on the bench, but he is fresh after injury). It was an exhausting and balanced encounter and the winner was decided at penalties (Guingamp qualified for the next round).
In Ligue1 Guingamp certainly need all the points they can get, as they are just a couple of points above the relegation zone. It will be interesting to see how they will perform this round, seeing that the Cup game drained their resources.
Most probably key forward Briand will once again miss through injury. On the other hand Guingamp will welcome back defender Sorbon and midfielders Coco and Benezet after suspension.
Rennes were very unlucky in the midweek Cup game against Toulouse, as they were forced to play in 10 after an early red card. In these conditions it was almost impossible for Rennes to get a positive result (lost 3-1).
Rennes have a deep squad and are definitely fresher than their opponents. Coach Montanier can make changes in all departments and still be competitive at Ligue1 level.
Ever since winger Ntep got injured Rennes struggled in the offensive phase and most the times they ended up splitting points. In fact Rennes lead the table when it comes to draws (9 so far).
Rennes will welcome back defender Atrmand after injury but will miss midfielder Sylla. Defender Pedro Mendes is doubtful after suffering an injury against Toulouse.
It may seem that Rennes aren’t very ambitious and they settle for a draw too quickly, but against Guingamp it will be a bit different. Hosts are both exhausted and desperate for points and that will definitely be in Rennes’ advantage. Rennes DNB 2.21
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back forward Briand after injury. Guests will miss midfielder Grosicki and defender Mendes
Guingamp: Guingamp : Lössl, Guivarc’h – Sorbon, Angoua, Kerbrat, Martins-Pereira, Lemaître – Cardy, Dos Santos, Benezet, Y.Sankharé, De Pauw, Giresse, Coco, Mathis, Mo.Diallo – Privat, M.Dembélé, Salibur, Briand
Rennes: Sorin, Costil – S.Armand, S.Moreira, Diagne, Danzé, M’Bengue, Zeffane, S.Coulibaly – B.André, Quintero, Janvier, Doucouré, G.Fernandes – Sio, Boga, P.Henrique, O.Dembélé