Guingamp controlled the game away at Caen last week, but unfortunately lacked efficiency in the attacking phase (finished 0-0).
They are pretty confident in performances lately, and managed to win 7 points in the last 3 rounds. They are highly organized in midfield and defense (kept a clean sheet in the last 4 rounds) and the only problem seems to be in the attacking phase, where players can’t maintain the same rhythm each round.
Experienced forward Briand is involved in all of Guingamp’s actions, but the 3 attacking midfielders behind him aren’t always so active.
St Etienne have been humiliated in the last two rounds, first by Marseille and then by Monaco. They conceded a total of 7 goals in those games, without scoring a single one.
They haven’t won a game since October, confidence is at minimum levels and furthermore they have also lost important keeper Ruffier who got a red card last week.
Guingamp have the same squad as last round. In comparison to last round St Etienne will miss keeper Ruffier, but welcome back defenders Lacroix, Gabriel and midfielder Dabo.
Form and confidence definitely favour the home side. Odds are too good to miss out. Guingamp -0.5 at 1.94
Guingamp: Johnsson, Caillard – Kerbrat, Eboa Eboa, Martins Pereira, Rebocho, Sorbon, Ikoko, Tabanou – Diallo, Phiri, Deaux, Giresse, Benezet, Blas – Briand, Thuram, Coco, Salibur.
St Etienne: Maisonnial, Moulin, Guendouz – Théophile-Catherine, Lacroix, G.Silva, Mbengue, Janko, Pierre-Gabriel – Pajot, Dabo, Diousse, Cabella, Maïga, Hernani, Souici – Diony, Bamba, Söderlund, Goncalves Dias.