There will be a big change in Monaco’s strategy in comparison to previous seasons. They have transferred-in 2 offensive minded fullbacks who went straight into the lineup. Mendy and Sidibe will often participate in the attacking phase, especially since they seem to get along well with wingers Lemar and Dirar.
Central midfielders seem to focus mostly on the defensive phase, at least that’s how it seems now, when playmaker Moutinho is out injured. It remains to be seen how the system will change when Moutinho returns to the lineup.
Upfront the couple Germain – Falcao will surely create problems for many Ligue 1 sides. Germain and Falcao played together in the past and know each-other well. They are talented players, able to make a difference from only a few touches of the ball. Unfortunately for Monaco, both of them will miss this round (Falcao is injured and Germain suspended).
When at full strength, Monaco will be very dangerous in the attacking phase, but will struggle to keep it tight at the back, especially with their fullbacks advancing frequently.
It will be a difficult season for Guingamp, since they lost most of their key players. Central midfielders Mathis and Sankhare left the squad, same as keeper Lossl. In the past Guingamp were clueless when Mathis and Sankhare were out injured, and it may take a long time to learn how to play without them.
Keeper Lossl made miracles last season and fully deserved a more lucrative contract elsewhere. He used to make incredible one on one saves in every game, and played a big role in keeping Guingamp outside the red zone. Now he is at Mainz in Germany, and Guingamp must struggle to replace him.
On the bright side they managed to keep experienced forward Briand. He is definitely a key player for Guingamp, but it will be difficult to make a difference on his own.
Newly arrived midfielder Mendy will miss out through suspension.
At the moment Monaco may focus mostly on qualifying in Champions League (important game next week away at Villareal), and also struggle with missing players (Moutinho, Falcao, Germain), but even so, they still have plenty of firepower (Carillo and Cavaleiro) and are at least a class above Guingamp, who seem to be at Ligue 2 level without 3 key players. MONACO -1 at 2.16
UPDATE: Hosts will miss newly arrived keeper De Sanctis and forwards Falcao, Germain and Vagner Love. Guingamp will have to do without defender Leveque and Martins Pereira, midfielder Mendy and forward Benezet
Monaco: Monaco : Subasic, Badiashile – Jemerson, Glik, B.Mendy, Raggi, Ab.Diallo, D.Sidibé – Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, T.Bakayoko, Dirar, Lemar, Ad.Traoré, Moutinho – Carrilllo, Cavaleiro, Jean, Mbappé
Guingamp: Guingamp : Johnsson, Salin – Ikoko, Kerbrat, Angoua, Coreira – Mané, Blas, Deaux, Mo.Diallo, Giresse, De Pauw – Salibur, Coco, Livolant, Briand, Privat