Kind of a disappointing performance from PSG last week away at Reims (finished 1-1). Keeper Trapp once again had a couple of hesitant interventions and it seems he’s got a confidence issue at the moment. Fullback Kurzawa started in the lineup but often left his position and central defender Marquinhos was all alone in dealing with incoming counters. Most likely Maxwell will take back his place in the lineup this round.
Upfront things weren’t any better with Ibrahimovic clearly out-of-form and always bothered by one thing or another, Di Maria always running but without creating any real advantage, and Pastore at the other extreme, walking around and admiring the sights.
It is very early in the season and if PSG don’t change attitude the Champions League journey may come to an end before spring…
Last year Guingamp impressed everyone thanks to their forwards Beauvue and Mandanne. Now both of them are gone but Guingamp have Jimmy Briand who compensates for the absences of the two mentioned players.
Briand delivered another assist last week against Gazelec Ajaccio and this time he also scored. Briand plays behind the lone striker Privat and is constantly serving balls after getting engaged in actions with attacking midfielders.
All players are more confident with Briand in the field and able to overcome their limits.
PSG will probably dominate this game (they always do in Ligue1) but Guingamp have a great chance of getting a memorable result. If not a point than at least a goal, especially given Briand’s excellent form and Trapp’s moments of wandering. Guingamp to score at a whooping 2.70
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UPDATE: PSG will miss fullback Aurier who is suspended
PSG: Trapp, Sirigu – Marquinhos, David Luiz, Maxwell, Kurzawa, Thiago Silva, Van der Wiel – Di Maria, Stambouli, Lucas, Rabiot, Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Pastore, Verratti – Cavani, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic
GUINGAMP: Lössl, M.Samassa – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Angoua, L.Jacobsen, Hery – Benezet, Mo.Diallo, Mathis, Sankharé, De Pauw, Coco, Dos Santos, Giresse, Cardy – Privat, Salibur, Briand, Dembélé, Bègue