Ligue 1 Preview: PSG to make fierce welcome for newly promoted Guingamp

Updated: August 29, 2013

Ligue 1 returnees Guingamp will have a hard time finding loopholes to subdue their forthcoming opponents, last season’s champions and football betting favorites Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). They did lavishly well in the second division last season, exuding displays that many of their contemporaries may have been weary and fearful of. But a clash with Ligue 1 leaders is a totally different issue, as it will require them to develop a new and stronger set of drills in order for them to parallel—if not exceed—the traction of their rivals. The match will be held on August 31 at PSG’s home court, the Parc des Princes.


Both sides’ latest matches were an inspiring success—PSG won over Nantes 2-1 while Guingamp overthrew Lorient 2-0. But when two of their earlier battles (first two Ligue 1 stints) are examined, the home side would have casted the better form. PSG drawn with Montpellier 1-1 and Ajaccio 1-1 on those occasions, whereas Guingamp suffered defeats after being pounded by Marseille 1-3 and Saint-Étienne 0-1.


Paris Saint-Germain had their first win of the season on a narrow 2-1 victory at Nantes, although it was still far from supporters’ expectations for a repeat overall win. Edinson Cavani gave PSG the lead in the 23rd minute but Nantes was able to get into the game with two brilliant chances to level the match before halftime. Nantes did equalize seven minutes into the second half via Alex’s goal. Ezequiel Lavezzi was agile to counter the dose and scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute for his side. While this win was pretty agreeable, PSG remain four points behind current leaders Marseille after three matches. Coach Laurent Blanc, however, stay positive about having more opportunities to improve on.


Last season’s (Ligue 2) top scorer Mustapha Yatabaré was also Guingamp’s saving glory in their first win in the French top-tier football against Lorient 2-0. Four minutes after half-time, Joceyln Gourvennec’s side were already ahead of their opponents with two goals, both scored by Yatabaré. Lorient debutant Baptiste Reynet was lame at slamming opponent’s lead player, failing to secure even just a single goal for his new home. This conquest, however, is not enough to push Guingamp in the upper half of the League table. The squad is currently placed in the 14th spot, which is largely attributed to their defeats earlier in the tournament.


For this match, PSG will have their chance to vaunt a second win. Guingamp will not submit drastically to their opponents, of course, but PSG will carry out intelligent tactics that their rivals would deem tough to outwit.
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