It was pretty unfortunate for Valenciennes to lose last round away at Nantes. They haven’t imposed the rhythm or had an abundance of chances but they were very strong defensively.
In Valenciennes’ new system wingers are either converted fullbacks or defensive midfielders. Either way the emphasis is clearly on the defensive phase. The goals conceded last round came from a lucky execution and after a corner, so this is why Valenciennes were unlucky to lose.
There are no news yet on the situation of the sidelined offensive players, Pujol, Le Tallec and N’Guette, but judging by the gravity of injuries they should miss out again. Take veteran striker Pujol for example, he suffered a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) case in which a period of 6 months without effort is recommended in order to avoid any recurrence. I speak from experience as yours truly had the same problem.
Bottom line, Valenciennes can defend but are unable to pose any danger upfront.
For Guingamp last round was pretty exhausting and disappointing. They played in numerical superiority for about 1 half but failed to get even 1 point against Bordeaux (lost 1-0).
Upfront they are still missing top-scorer Yatabare and in his absence there are no through balls anymore to activate forwards. They rely only on crosses, long balls thrown inside the box with the hope there will be someone there to apply the finishing touch. Well it’s no wonder they failed to score against Bordeaux…
Guingamp will welcome back forward Mandanne and midfielder Diallo after suspension, but won’t be able to count on winger Beauvue who got a red last round.
Most likely Valenciennes will impose the rhythm but they will struggle in opening up Guingamp (or any other team for that matter). Guests will concentrate mostly on counters but Valenciennes won’t leave many open spaces.
Spectators inside the stadium should consider themselves lucky if they’ll see 1 goal in this game.
The price of 2.00 for under 2 goals is definitely worth a low to medium size bet.