Guingamp v Lyon – Stade du Roudourou at 20:00 (UTC/GMT)

Guingamp will be hosting Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday, hoping to stun the French top-tier third placers in the Coup de France.

Les Costamoricains celebrated a victory against Monaco in the French League Cup. However, they had been defeated in their last three games in the French Ligue 1. They lost 0-1 to Reims last month, and also got thrashed by Paris-Saint-Germain 9-0. Guingamp also lost 0-1 to Saint-Etienne earlier in the previous month.

In their Coupe de la Ligue campaign, Guingamp are unbeaten though, bragging a win over PSG 1-2. They also have victories over OGC Nice 1-3 and SCO Angers 3-2.

Guingamp are unbeaten as well so far in their Coupe de France campaign with wins over AS Nancy 1-2 and Stade Pontivyen 2-4 from the previous month.

Les Costamoricains are bottom of the French top-tier, while their upcoming Thursday rivals are third to the top of the Ligue 1. Guingamp, nonetheless, have been known to beat the likes of Rennes back in last January.

Les Gones, on the other hand, sparked a powerful momentum after defeating a seemingly invincible Paris Saint-Germain last Wednesday. The 2-1 Lyon win gave the Parisians their first Ligue 1 defeat for the current season.

Lyon are unbeaten in their last seven games in the French top-tier with a win over Saint-Etienne 1-2 and draws shared with Reims, Montpelier, and Toulouse. Les Gones also beat SC Amiens 0-1 and Monaco 3-0.

LATEST NEWS

Amine Gouiri is out for Lyon’s game with Guingamp on Thursday after suffering from a cruciate ligament rupture.

Employment of the formation 4-2-3-1 by team manager Bruno Genesio went effective in Lyon’s 2-1 victory over reigning Paris Saint-Germain last Monday.

Papy Djilobodji joined Guingamp earlier in the previous month and appeared in Las Costamoricains’ match with Reims two weeks ago.

Alexandre Mendy is currently on loan to Guingamp from FC Girondins.

PROBABLE FORMATION AND STARTING XI

Guingamp: 4-1-4-1
Marc-Aurele Caillard, Felix Eboa Eboa, Christophe Kerbrat, Papy Djilobodji, Pedro Miguel Braga Rebocho, Lebogang Phiri, Marcus Coco,  Ludovic Blas, Lucas Deaux, Marcus Thuram, Nolan Roux

Lyon: 4-2-3-1
Anthony Lopes, Léo Dubois, Marcelo, Jason Denayer, Ferland Mendy, Tanguy NDombele Alvaro,  Houssem Aouar, Bertrand Traoré, Nabil Fekir, Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele

KEY PLAYERS

Guingamp

Marcus Thuram is Les Costamoricains’ highest scorer with eleven goals out of his 22 appearances in the current season. He already scored seven goals and an assist in his performance in the recent Ligue 1 season out of his 18 appearances. He also appeared twice in the Coupe de France and scored a goal twice as well. He also scored twice in the Coupe de la Ligue out of his two appearances.

Nolan Roux plays as center-forward for Guingamp and appeared 15 times in the current season from which he scored three goals. Roux already scored two goals out of his twelve plays in the French top-tier, as well as a goal in two appearances in the Coupe de France.

Lyon

Moussa Dembélé is Les Gones’ top gun with ten goals across 26 appearances in the current season. He already made seven goals and three assists out of his 18 appearances in the Ligue 1, as well as a goal in his four plays for Lyon’s Champions League campaign.

Nabil Fekir plays as attacking midfielder for Lyon. He appeared 24 times for Les Gones and scored ten times so far in the current season. Fekir appeared 17 times for Ligue 1 and scored seven goals and three assists. He also made three goals and two assists in his five appearances for the team’s Champions League campaign.

MATCH PREDICTION

Guingamp 2-4 Lyon

Les Gones scored a 2-4 victory over Les Costamoricains last November in their Ligue 1 clash and it is most likely that the Thursday game will conclude in a similar fashion. Lyon are unstoppable while their 2-1 win over reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain is still fresh and will be boosting their energy for the following couple of days. Guingamp, however, are not as powerless as one would think about a bottom team, considering their 1-2 victory over the same Parisians not long ago, but just a month ago.

MATCH BETTING ODDSGuingamp v Lyon match betting odds 070219*Prices are correct at the time of writing
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