En Avant Guingamp vs Ajaccio: A Clash of Ligue 2 Titans

2023-09-17 15:40:01

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Published on Sep 17, 23 at 5:40 p.m. See my news Follow L’Écho de l’Argoat The En Avant Guingamp players are suffering a big setback in Amiens (4-1). ©EAG

If the truce surely allowed En Avant Guingamp to put its minds back in place following the heavy defeat recorded on the Amiens pitch before the truce (4-1), the Ajaccio reception appears to be an ideal meeting for the Guingampais, with the aim of putting their heads back together.

During a three-way opposition, last Friday, the Guingampais won once morest Concarneau (3-1) and lost to Stade Brestois by the same score.

Monday evening (8:45 p.m.), during a meeting broadcast live on BeIN Sports, all the cameras (in Ligue 2) will be focused on Roudourou.

After more than two weeks of absence, Stéphane Dumont’s men will be expected to face a team which played last season in Ligue 1.

Guingamp without Kalidou Sidibé

While four players from the “red and black” squad had left their teammates to join their national team during the break, Stéphane Dumont should have an almost complete squad for this match on the sixth day of the championship.

In addition to Lenny Vallier’s injury, the Guingamp technician will have to cope without his latest recruit Kalidou Sidibé. Scorer in the last home match once morest Pau (4-0) on the occasion of his first match under the Guingamp colors, the imposing midfielder will be suspended for this match following having received three yellow cards since the start of season.

An absence which might be compensated for by the tenure of Jonathan Iglesias, starter at the start of the season, or by the return of Baptiste Roux, who appeared for a quarter of an hour on August 12 once morest Dunkirk.

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Another choice for En Avant, that of being able to (re)give a chance to Théo Le Normand, decisive last weekend with the reserve.

Affected in the psoas mid-August, Hugo Picard might also find a starting place on the left lane, while Amadou Sagna continued to perform during the absence of number 20.

Ajaccio with Stephen Quemper?

With only one victory on the clock since the start of the season, the ACA is looking for points, especially since a free kick from Riad Nouri allowed the Corsicans to pocket three on the lawn of Quevilly-Rouen during the second day.

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But the last trip to date, on the lawn of the Stade Malherbe in Caen, was made very complicated by the presence and efficiency of the former Guingamp player Alexandre Mendy, author of a hat-trick (3-0). A meeting where the ACA’s defense, although solid, was overwhelmed.

So, the teammates of “red and black” captain Enzo Basilio, who forms one of the best attacks in Ligue 2 with 9 goals scored, will have to force the Corsican lock.

The latter might include Stephen Quemper, left back who left En Avant Guingamp this summer to return to the Isle of Beauty following his time with Bastia.

The latter, absent due to injury during the 3rd and 4th day, made his return just before the break, a period when coach Olivier Pantaloni saw Mounaïm El Idrissy fly to Belgium to join KV Kortrijk.

The Corsican technician, who has never won once morest Guingamp in eight confrontations, will try to bring back victory from his long trip, especially since Ajaccio’s last victory once morest Guingamp dates back almost 15 years.

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