Team Review: EA Guingamp in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 23, 2014
Guingamp in the 2013-14 Season

Ligue 1 Finish: 16th

Match Results: W11-D9-L18

(Featured image: Guingamp | Source: sportsmole.co.uk)

 

At the kick-off of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 season, Guingamp were one of the three newly promoted sides to the French top-tier competition, suggesting lower expectations and but not necessarily the weakest sports betting prospects. They did finish the season outside the top ranks and only managed to secure the 16th spot out of 20 places, or two points clear of the relegation zone.

 

While their final rank from last season may seem a lowly achievement, it is quite much better than Guingamp’s accomplishment from their previous Ligue 1 stint, which was in 2003-04 when they only ranked at number 18 and were thus relegated to the second-tier football.

 

Generally, Guingamp’s first nine weeks in the competition were characterized by unimpressive results and inconsistent delivery. They opened their campaign with two defeats in a row and only obtained eight points from these matches. However, they also seized one of their hugest victories from the set, defeating Sochaux on a five-goal lead.

 

Starting on week 10, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men started breaching the table’s top half. They continued to do so for several weeks, winning over such teams as Rennes, Evian TG, and Ajaccio. Soon after, they went back to their old ways and were again out of the top ten until the finale. They finished the season with a 1-0 defeat inflicted by Marseille.

 

During the summer transfer window, five new players were added to the squad: Claudio Beauvue from Châteauroux, Steeven Langil from Auxerre, Younousse Sankharé from Dijon, Jérémy Sorbon from Caen, and Guy N’dy Assembé from Nancy. None of these players—or the original members—however, were able to rank among the top scorers or assisters of the season. Mustapha Yatabare was the squad’s top scorer but he was a few goals short to be part of the tournament’s top 10 achievers.

 

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