Guingamp v Troyes – Stade de Roudourou at 19:00
Guingamp clinched only a second Ligue 1 victory in 11 outings last weekend as they beat Bordeaux 2-1 at their Stade Municipal de Roudourou home. Following a tentative first-half in which EAG settled the quicker and looked the more likely in possession, the hosts found their range after the break.
Clement Grenier had shown a series of classy touches and efforts in the first 45 minutes and it was his brilliance that opened the scoring for the Brittany boys. The France international notched his second in as many home games with a delightful free-kick soon after the re-start.
Moustapha Diallo home a second just four minutes later and suddenly Antoine Kombouare’s charges were playing with the freedom and confidence that had been badly lacking in previous weeks. Bordeaux pulled a goal back from the penalty spot but Guingamp was the deserved winner.
Maximum points represented EAG’s first taste of victory at the Municipal de Roudourou since before Christmas with Grenier undoubtedly the star of the show. Joining the Brittany club in January in a bid to kick-start his career, the Rolls Royce of a midfielder was integral to Guingamp’s win.
The three points moved Saturday night’s hosts back into the top-half of the Ligue 1 table and all but confirmed their top-flight status for another season. However, Kombouare’s men can be trusted to produce back-to-back league victories when lowly Troyes come to town this weekend.
Troyes struggling to stay afloat
Currently occupying the relegation play-off position, Troyes have taken only two points from their past 18 on offer. Last weekend, the visitors were beaten 2-0 on home soil by Nice despite a decent start and with just a solitary point between 18th and 19th, ESTAC knows they must arrest their worrying slide soon.
Throughout the campaign, the newly-promoted outfit has relied upon their home performances to keep them afloat. Indeed, Troyes have picked up just two points on their travels since October (W0-D2-L10) and I’m not counting on the guests turning the corner on Saturday night.
Guingamp traditionally do their best work when welcoming Ligue 1’s lesser lights and last weekend’s win over Bordeaux should be the perfect catalyst to inspire another such display. Under Kombouare’s watch, the hosts have W12-D6-L1 when hosting bottom-half teams, making the 1.89 on EAG overcoming a -0.50 Asian Handicap hurdle here appealing.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Guingamp -0.50 at 1.910