Both sides had difficult midweek Cup games against opponents from lower divisions.
Metz were up against Ligue2 side Brest and although they seemed to be in control Metz couldn’t find a way to score and ended up being eliminated at penalties. Scoring goals is actually Metz’s biggest problem. 5 rounds have been played so far since the season resumed in 2015 and Metz managed to find the net in only 1 game.
It is not like forwards are playing around with opportunities but more like midfielders fail to deliver decent balls. Metz have the poorest attack in Ligue1, both on paper and in the field and judging by how things are going there won’t be any improvement soon.
Metz will welcome back defender Milan and midfielder Sarr after suspension.
Guingamp were lucky to equalize in the dying seconds in the midweek Cup game against 4th division side Yzeure (1-1 after 90 minutes). Only in extra time Guingamp proved to be more efficient, scored twice and assured the qualification (won 3-1).
Maybe Guingamp underestimated the opponent, maybe they treated the game with superficiality, either way it had a happy ending and Guingamp continued the series of positive results.
Usually Metz concentrate all forces in defense and only on home ground once in a while they adventure upfront and stop defending on two lines. These are the moments when Guingamp, thanks to the excellent form of winger Beauvue and striker Mandanne, can surprise on counters and get another good result ahead of their Europa League game against Dinamo Kiev next week. Guingamp DNB at 1.99
UPDATE: Guingamp will miss Diallo through suspension (no major absence)
Metz: J.Carrasso, Oberhauser – Bussmann, Choplin, Marchal, Métanire, Palomino, Rivierez – Doukouré, Kashi, Krivets, Lejeune, N’Daw, B.Sarr, Sassi – Falcon, Maïga, Nsor
Guingamp: Lössl, Samassa – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua, Lévêque, Baca, Lemaître – T.Giresse, Pied, Sankharé, Mathis, Sa.Yatabaré, S.Marveaux – Beauvue, Mandanne, Salibur, Schwartz