If this game will eventually be played it’s not going to be a pretty sight. At the moment of writing this preview the state of the pitch is disastrous and the weather forecast is far from encouraging…
Rain is expected at Guingamp on Saturday and the state of the pitch at the Roudourou stadium could determine the referee to postpone the game.
[restrict paid=true level=1]Guingamp couldn’t even train properly this week as the training ground is also in bad condition. There is a campaign started by Guingamp’s executives to pressure the local authorities in helping the club install an artificial pitch but it’s a long way to go…
If the game will be played the conditions will be horrible for both teams. Players will need to double their efforts only to avoid the holes in the pitch. Tiredness will install very fast and the primary thought on everyone’s mind will be the final whistle.
Guingamp usually struggle to build dangerous actions, especially against organized teams that concentrate in the defense once their goal is achieved. St Etienne is that kind of team as we could see in the midweek game against Evian. After taking an early lead St Etienne tried to kill the game. Luck was also on their side but now things will be different as 2 important defensive players will return from suspension, fullback Clerc and central midfielder Lemoine.
With Clerc and Lemoine back to strengthen the defensive phase, St Etienne won’t rush upfront, especially given striker’s Erdinc poor form. For unknown reasons coach Galtier prefers Erdinc instead of Brandao. But this season is one of the worst Erdinc ever had in France. Every-time he receives the ball he gets so agitated like the world is about to end. Like in a Laurel and Hardy movie, after sweating on the ball for a couple of seconds all his passes are predictable and only for teammates behind him, and as a consequence St Etienne lose precious moments.
Bad pitch, nature, shy offensive actions for Guingamp and out-of-form striker for St Etienne. If the game will be played under 2 goals at the odds of 2.14 is the best bet.[/restrict]