Although they haven’t pushed that hard Monaco made a good game last round away at Ajaccio (won 4-1). Not much happened in the first half as all 5 goals were scored in the second part of the game.
Individual talent was the one that made the difference with striker Berbatov scoring twice and delivering an assist.
The season is over for Monaco and all they can do right now is find new formulas or show off their skills. But coach Ranieri doesn’t really like to experiment so most likely Monaco will continue to rely on individual skills.
This is not the last home game of the season for Monaco so there is no factor adding extra motivation.
Guingamp just defeated Rennes in the French Cup final (won 2-0) after a smart and confident performance. This is quite an achievement for them but the truth is their situation in Ligue1 is kind of complicated as they sit only 1 point above the relegation zone.
In these conditions they simply can not afford to relax and enjoy the trophy, they must keep up the fast paced rythm and increased level of concentration. Furthermore the remaining 3 games will be against powerful opponents (Monaco, Toulouse and Marseille).
Guingamp has a limited number of players available and they used almost the same team for the entire season. They can not afford to play with reserve who are way under the level of regulars.
Guests will have to do without fullback Martins-Pereira who is suspended.
Guingamp may be more determined but they also will be more tired. Meanwhile Monaco won’t have any reasons to push hard and make extra efforts. Just like Monaco’s game last round there’s a big possibility for the first half to end goalless. Draw at half time at 2.25
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Monaco: Roma, Romero, Subasic – Abdennour, Abidal, Carvalho, Elderson, Isimat-Mirin, Raggi – Dirar, Ferreira-Carrasco, Kondogbia, Moutinho, Obbadi, Ocampos, Pi, J.Rodriguez, Toulalan – Berbatov, Germain, Martial, Rivière
Guingamp: Samassa, Ndy Assembé – Lévêque, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Sankoh, Kerbrat – Giresse, Atik, Mou.Diallo, Sankharé, Beauvue, Mathis – Alioui, Mo.Yatabaré, Langil, Mandanne, Ma. Dembelé