Monaco – Guingamp 26.01.2013
Monaco is on the top of the table with 40 points, 2 more then second placed Nantes. It was somehow expected as they have the best squad in the league.
The coach Claudio Ranieri is also good and experienced tactician with great portfolio, he was in charge at top teams like Chelsea, Valencia, Juventus, Inter, Roma etc. Monaco is also in solid form, they have two wins and one draw in the last three rounds. Ranieri will be missing the captain Andreas Wolf due to injury, but Monaco have a big roster and Brazilian Adriano is an adequate replacement. Sebastian Ribas is sidelined due to injury.
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Guingamp is also one of the promotion candidates. They are on the fourth place, just one point from third placed Caen. However, Guingamp have one match in hand and could easily climb to the second position in case they beat Angers which is expected. However, I see big problems for Guingamp on this match. The coach Jocelyn Gourvennec will be without the key defender Gregory Cerdan who is injured. He has no adequate replacement for Cerdan and the defense will be very vulnerable. To be even worse, the first choice goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa is on international duty with Mali on African Cup of the Nations. Four additional players are struggling with injuries – Dorian Leveque and Baissama Sankoh are definitely out, while Paul Babiloni and Mamadou Camara are rated as doubtful.
At the end I will mention the tradition. Monaco have a perfect home record against Guingamp. They have won the last six mutual games played at Stade Louis II. I expect the tradition to be continued.