As most expected Nantes got defeated last week away at Monaco (3-1). They didn’t go at Monaco in vacation, but Nantes’ limited skills prevented the game from being balanced.
Fullbacks and central midfielders were very undecided and left big spaces for opponents to maneuver. In these conditions no matter if central defenders are talented and always on alert, they can’t really do miracles since the penalty area is constantly flooded by opponents’ actions.
Upfront Nantes rely mostly on long balls and pinball football at set pieces. Most probably striker Djordjevic will miss once again due to injury. Winger Nicolita will also sit out as he is suspended.
Guingamp were pretty unlucky to lose last round against Montpellier (2-1). They imposed the rythm, created many important opportunities but were too superficial in applying the finishing touch. In-fact this is Guingamp’s major problem as they have the worst record in Ligue1 when it comes to shots on target (most of the attempts go wide). Despite of that, striker Yatabare seems to be in excellent form, as he scored last round and was very active throughout the entire 90 minutes.
The level of organization is pretty decent and if Guingamp would have had more powerful wingers to increase the offensive potential they could have been somewhere around the middle of the table.
Guingamp will miss defender Martins-Pereira and midfielder Diallo who are both suspended. On the other hand they will welcome back defender Leveque after suspension and most probably midfielder Mathis also after injury.
If we compare recent performances of both sides the low odds on Nantes have no justification whatsoever. Given the delicate situation in the table (for both sides) and the attacking deficiencies (also for both sides) spectators should be in for one of the most boring encounters of the round.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Nantes: Dupé, Zelazny – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djidji, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Deaux, B.Touré, A.Touré, Veretout – Aristeguieta, Audel, I.Bangoura, Gakpé, Pancrate, Shechter
Guingamp: Samassa, Ndy Assembé – Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Cerdan, Babiloni, Lévêque – Giresse, Atik, Sankharé, Beauvue – Alioui, Mo.Yatabaré, Langil, Douniama, Mandanne, M.Dembélé