Ligue 1 Preview: Guingamp aiming conquest over Saint-Étienne

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Updated: August 14, 2013
Saint-Etienne

Guingamp are continuing their presence in the French top-tier football, Ligue 1, having been promoted from the second division last season and accumulating satisfying support from analysts and online bookies. Despite losing their match in the tournaments’ opening, the Jocelyn Gourvennec-managed side are fighting back in the toughest fronts they could display. They will be competing with Saint-Étienne on August 18 at the latter’s home court, the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

 

It has been almost five years since the last match between these two teams took place, whereby Guingamp made a saccharine win over Saint-Étienne 4-1 for the Coupe de la Ligue.  The sides have gone separate endeavors since, and as per recent records, Saint-Étienne have made impressive ascendancy from their defeat. Guingamp, although they ended up second last Ligue 2 season, did not show much power to live up with that honor during the pre-season Friendlies.

 

Christophe Galtier’s Saint-Étienne are on cloud nine, after making massive accomplishments in their most recent matches. Although they lost one much in the Friendlies to Vitória 0-1, they were nevertheless tremendously successful in some other tourneys: Milsami-Ursidos 3-0 (home and away) and Istres 3-1. In the Ligue 1 season opening, the team completely ruined Fabrizio Ravanelli’s debut as new coach of Ajaccio, after Brazilian striker Brandao struck the only goal to ensure a 1-0 win for his side.

 

 

As mentioned above, Guingamp lost their opening match in the new Ligue 1 season to Marseille 1-3. This would sound quite dismaying for a Ligue 1 re-entry especially that they just experienced promotion. However, the team still have several more tourneys ahead, which they can work on to improve their drills. In the pre-season friendlies, Guingamp performed fairly satisfactory. They won against Brest 3-1, and posted draws with Vannes 0-0 and Rennes 1-1. They were defeated by Nantes 0-1.

 

Current standings place Guingamp at number 16, while Saint-Étienne are eight spots ahead at number eight. Past statistics are consistent to the latter’s advantage, making them the probable winners for this battle. This means that Guingamp may be headed for their second consecutive defeat this season.

 

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