There were times last round against Lyon when Nantes looked capable of getting at least 1 point. The first half was very balanced and Nantes even had a few decent opportunities but weren’t efficient enough to find the net.
Since the season resumed this is a nightmarish period for Nantes as they are yet to get their first Ligue1 victory in 2015. They are determined and this can be seen in their attitude but there is something preventing Nantes from getting better results. Maybe they need a better strategy or offensive players need continuity (usually coach Der Zakarian often rotates squad in the search for the best formula)
Guingamp are coming after a difficult Europa League encounter against a top opponent (lost 3-1 at Dinamo Kiev). Guingamp managed to create a few chances and even found the net once but it was not enough to progress to the next stage of the tournament.
There is of course a bit of disappointment in guests’ side after their Europa League adventure finished abruptly. A long period may pass until fans will have the opportunity to see Guingamp in an European competition once again.
Guingamp’s enthusiasm nowadays may be at low levels and they may need some time to recover from this point of view.
Most probably Nantes will be the ones having the initiative in this encounter but so far this season Guingamp proved they can take anyone by surprise. This will be an interesting game but for observing players’ attitudes and not betting.
UPDATE: Guingamp will have to do without Yatabare (suspended)
Nantes: Ré.Riou, Dupé – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djilobodji, Dubois, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Veretout, Hansen, R.Gomis, Deaux, Bessat – Bammou, Gakpé, Is.Bangoura, Iloki, Nkoudou, Niane
Guingamp: Lössl, Guichard – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua, Lévêque, Lemaître – Giresse, Pied, Sankharé, S.Marveaux, Mo.Diallo, Mathis, Dos Santos – Beauvue, Mandanne, Schwartz, Douniama, Coco