Monaco controlled the game last round against Rennes, but in the end the result was very disappointing. They conceded the equalizer with 10 minutes before the final whistle, and lost two important points (finished 1-1).
Monaco took the lead early in the first half, but instead of pushing to increase the advantage, they focused on killing the game. Creative midfielder Moutinho returned after injury and played for around 15 minutes, and most probably will be in the lineup this round. Fullback Echiejile will also make a comeback after sitting out through suspension.
A crucial game will follow for Monaco next week, the game against Lyon that most probably will decide who will qualify directly in Champions League. But until next week, Monaco should push hard this round against Guingamp, and make everything possible to assure the three points. Surely they won’t make the same mistake as last round, and we won’t see them trying to kill the game again.
Guingamp were very determined last week against Caen, but opponents scored an early goal and concentrated all forces in defense afterwards. Even if coach Gourvennec switched to an offensive formula in second half, Guingamp couldn’t get more than a draw (finished 1-1).
This month Guinagmp’s best player was undoubtedly keeper Lossl, whose amazing reflexes played a major role in keeping the team outside the relegation zone. But last week Lossl seemed hesitant, distracted, and if opponents would have pushed harder, most probably they would have easily scored a second goal.
Guests will have to do without winger Giresse who is suspended. Most likely Coco will take his place on the flank, and either Privat or Erdinc will partner Briand upfront.
Monaco have kept only one clean sheet in the last 7 rounds (surprisingly it was against PSG) and they usually open up without hesitation, especially when they need points. Having learned something from last round, hosts shouldn’t stop pushing after scoring the first goal. This should be an entertaining encounter, with a fast paced rythm and at least three goals. OVER 2.5 GOALS at 1.95
UPDATE: Monaco will have to do without midfielder Toulalan. Guingamp will also miss midfielder Diallo and defender Kerbrat due to suspension.
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi – R.Carvalho, Echiejile, Fabinho, Jemerson, Raggi, Wallace – Bakayoko, I.Cavaleiro, H.Costa, Dirar, Lemar, Moutinho, Ber.Silva – Carrillo, Vagner Love, L.Traoré
Guingamp: Lössl, Samassa – Jacobsen, Baca, Martins-Pereira, Sorbon, Angoua, Dos Santos – Cardy, Blas, Sankharé – De Pauw, Coco, Salibur – Erding, Dembélé, Briand, Privat