Guingamp vs Bordeaux: Preview, Prediction, Team News, & Lineups
Guingamp vs Bordeaux Preview: The two lower mid-table clubs Guingamp and Bordeaux will go head to head against each other in the 31st round of this season’s Ligue 1 competition this Sunday, at Municipal de Roudourou. The game is set to begin at 2:00 pm GMT.
The home side are struggling in the league with three defeats on a trot. Moreover, they have been unable to find a win in their last 6 league games. After drawing three games in a row, Guingamp suffered defeats in following three league matches including a 2-0 away loss to Saint-Etienne in their last outing.
Courtesy of miserable league form, Guingamp are currently placed at 14th position in the league table with 35 points in their bags. With just 8 games left to play for the season’s end, Guingamp have only managed to win 9 games and have suffered a setback in 13 occasions.
For now, Guingamp are 5 points safe from the relegation zone. However, with the competition going tougher and tougher, the home side needs to find quick turnaround in order to remain in the top flight.
Similar to their opponent, Bordeaux have been unable to find a much-needed breakthrough in the league courtesy of the winless last 5 games. After mid-February’s win over Amiens, Bordeaux have lost 3 and drawn 2 games so far. Their recent league sitting ended in a 2-0 disappointing home defeat at the hands of Rennes.
The visitors are currently placed at 11th position in the league table with 37 points, managing 10 wins and 13 points in the process. They are just 2 points ahead of their Sunday’s rivals and are aware of the fact that a one more setback would shatter their hopes of finishing inside top-half of the table.
However, the string of good results in the remaining league fixtures could see them finish well above in the standings prior to other results.
Head to Head
The visitors have dominated the head to head confrontation between these sides with 17 wins from 28 meetings. On the other hand, Guingamp have managed to emerge victorious in 4 occasions.
Bordeaux are in rampant run against Guingamp in their last 5 face-offs as they have won 4 of those games and shared a point with their opponent in one occasion. Moreover, the visitors will come into this game with morale-boosting 3-1 win over their rivals in the reverse fixture.
Key Players to Watch
The talented French striker needs to up his ante for his team to salvage something from the all important home fixture.
Briand has been a sole performer for his side in the on-going season scoring 6 goals and assisting 2. He holds the ability to understand the game situation and can trigger his attacking move to score the important goals. He certainly holds a key for Guingamp to find a solid victory against the talented Bordeaux side.
Malcom was unable to score for Bordeaux in the last league defeat against Rennes, but showed excellent performance up front. With 8 goals and 6 assists so far this season, Malcom is a go-to man for coach Poyet.
The comeback hopes of the struggling side will depend on the incredible talent of the brazillian, as he holds a key for them in the important league phase. He will feel confident to play against this side as he performed brilliantly in the reverse home fixture.
The home side is suffering from a string of injuries with the midfield duo of Lucas Deaux and Yannis Salibur sidelined with a long-term injury.
Similarly, attacker Abdoul Camara is out of the action for Antoine Kombouare’s side following a ligament injury.
Coming with three successive league defeats, we expect the home manager to make alterations in the starting lineup. Following their poor performances in the last match, Marcus Regis Coco and Clement Gremier could make way for Mustapha Diallo and Yeni N’Gbakoto in the midfield.
Gustavo Poyet’s men will travel to the away turf without the service of their striker Alexandre Mendy, who looks out for the season after sustaining knee injury in the early December.
Besides, defender Oliver Verdon, who missed most of the season due to a sprained knee injury is expected to make a comeback soon for the team in the upcoming weeks.
Similarly, forward Matin Braithwaite made an early exit from the last league game due to probable injury. He is now expected to start from the bench in the Sunday’s game making way for Nicolas De Preville up front.
Guingamp vs Bordeaux Lineup (Predicted XI)
Guingamp Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defenders: Martins-Pereira (RB), Kerbrat (RCB), Sorbon (LCB), Ikoko (LB)
Midfielders: Blas (RCM), Phiri(LCM), N’Gbakoto (RM), Diallo (CM), Briand (LM)
Bordeaux Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Sabaly (RB), Pablo (RCB), Kounde (LCB), Poundje (LB)
Midfielders: Lerager (RM), Plasil (CM), Meite (LM)
Guingamp vs Bordeaux Prediction
This is a crucial league match for both the teams as they are struggling in the league phase to get a commanding win.
Compared to their opponent, Guingamp have worst league outing and are looking distraught ahead of the home fixture. The home side needs to up their ante as soon as possible in order to pose a threat against the visitors.
On the other hand, despite having a poor league run, the visitors will feel confident to face the home team as they have had a grand success against them.
Our Prediction: Guingamp 0-2 Bordeaux