The mid-table clash between Guingamp and Nice will take place this Sunday at Municipal du Roudourou. The 29th round match of this season’s Ligue 1 competition is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm GMT.
Guingamp are currently sitting at the 11th position in the league table with 35 points. In the process, they have just won 9 of their 28 games so far. But with growing competition, Guingamp won’t feel safe from the possible slip-up. They are just 7 points clear from the drop zone. Any further mistakes will jeopardize their league standing.
Guingamp haven’t won any games in the league since the start of the February. They have just managed 3 points from their last 4 games, including 3 draws and last week’s away defeat at the hands of Angers. With exact 10 games left in the season, it will be a daunting task for them to end the season in high.
Like Guingamp, Nice have no hopes what so ever to clinch the top 5 spot. Having a rough period lately, they emerged to win their last league game against Lille in the home condition. Nice are placed at the 8th position in the league table, 4 points clear from their weekend’s opposition.
With just 11 wins from their 28 games, Nice haven’t performed to their extent. They have had a poor away outing with just 3 wins from 13 away games so far. It will be an uphill task for manager Lucien Favre to convert the poor away record in their favor.
Key Players To Watch
The French center-midfielder, Lucas Deaux, holds a key for Guingamp to salvage anything from their game against Nice. The talented midfielder scored 2 goals two weeks before, to assist his side in a 2-2 comeback draw against Metz.
Deaux has shown solid quality in the central-mid position to close in the opposition attack, and at the same time has scored some important goals. He will definitely be a key player for the home side to have a positive result against Nice.
With the absence of top-scorer Mario Balotelli, left-winger Alassane Plea will hold a key role for the away side. Playing from the left, he has been in good form lately. He has a tally of 6 goals so far and has assisted 2 times in the season. He needs to perform at his very best to lead his team to the victory.
Head To Head
Nice have dominated the last 5 meetings between these clubs with 4 wins against 1. More importantly, they haven’t lost last 3 games at Municipal du Roudourou.
The reverse fixture between these clubs resulted in a comfortable 2-0 home victory for Nice.
The hosts will be playing without Camara, Angoua, and Petric as they are sidelined for the game due to injuries.
Jonathan Martins Pereira is expected to make his return to the side, in place of the under-performing defender Ikoko.
Lucien Favre side suffered a late blow with an injury to the top performer for Nice this season, Mario Balotelli. The Italian striker has scored 14 goals so far for them.
The other news of concern for Nice is the injury to defender Jallet. The French defender is suffering from a knee injury and is expected to join the team in mid-April.
Guingamp vs Nice Lineup (Predicted XI)
Guingamp Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defenders: Pereira (RB), Kerbrat (RCB), Eboa (LCB), Rebocho (LB)
Midfielders: Deaux (RCM), Benezet (LCM), N’Gbakoto (RM), Grenier (CM), Coco (LM)
Forwards: Briand (ST)
Nice Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Burner (RB), Marlon (RCB), Dante (LCB), Coly (LB)
Midfielders: Cyprian (RM), Seri (CM), Aoutsa (LM)
Forwards: Saint-Maximin (RWF), Srarfi (CF), Plea (LWF)
Guingamp vs Nice Prediction
Nice have performed traditionally well against this opponent and are favorites to win the bout. The only concern for them is to counter-attack in the absence of their marquee forward.
However, Guingamp will look to unravel the visiting side and salvage something from the game.
Analyzing the current form Nice are having against this opponent, we predict a 2-0 victory for the traveling side.