Match date: 12 Jan 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: G/G
| Match result:
0-2 - Lost
Strasbourg returned into French Ligue 1 after nine seasons, they were decent and are at 11th position after 19 rounds with 24 points collected, in first round after winter break they will host Guingamp and are marked as slight favorites but this won't be an easy game as guests seems to be in quiet good shape. In last match five days ago in French Cup they eliminated Dijon after extra time and reached 1/16 finals while in last game in league in December suffered convincing defeat against rock bottom placed Metz on the road, in that duel were outplayed and didn't had an answer for opponents, in the end conceded three goals.
Hosts won six games in Ligue 1 and four of them was at this stadium, Nantes and Amiens are only teams which defeated them here at home while they manged to celebrate over strongest team in league PSG, off course there was elements of luck in that victory which happened on start of December but it was huge boost. Tonight it would be great for Strasbourg to celebrate, they were defeated by Guingamp in first match in this season on the road and conceded two goals without scoring there and had lack of accuracy, i expect that can score but more difficult mission will be to save their own net.
First goalkeeper Kamara (16/0), defender N'Dour (0/0), midfielders Corgnet (7/0), Zohi (0/0), Aholou (19/2), Lienard (17/3) and forward Terrier (14/3) are injured and will stay out of action.
For Guingamp this is 5th consecutive season in French Ligue 1, last one ended at 10th position while currently are at 8th spot and can be satisfied especially with their current form. Guests had some problems on start but in last six games are without defeat and celebrated four times with two draws, in French Cup six days ago eliminated Niort after narrow victory while in last game in Ligue 1 were better than St Etienne, opponents forward Soderlund was sent of already in 24th minute, however Guingamp failed to score and in second half even fall behind but in the end cored two goals for three important points.
Guests improved their defense above all and in last five matches conceded only one goal, hosts were solid in offense and it won't be easy to extend that great record but for sure aren't without chances. However Guingamp weren't impressive on travelings and only two victories achieved on the road, in first round defeated last placed team Metz while in |December managed to defeat Troyes with narrow result, here must play on very high level since Strasbourg are playing well in front of their fans and this should be a great battle for points.
Guests are coming to this match without injured goalkeeper Petric (0/0), defenders Ikoko (12/0), Martins-Pereira (10/0), midfielders Didot (11/1), NGbakoto (0/0), forwards Camara (14/2) and Achahbar (0/0).
It's difficult to predict the winner of this game, despite hosts are slight favorites it won't be easy to overcome Guingamp which played some really good football in December, anyway both teams were good in attack and both teams to score seems like a logical choice.