Coupe de France – Round of 64
Marseille v Guingamp
06/01/13 – 13:15
Marseille enter the Coupe de France facing the 2009 winners of the competition, Ligue 2’s 5th placed EA Guingamp. Back in 2009, Guingamp came back from a goal down against Stade Rennes to win the Coupe de France final 2-1, both goals coming from the man of the match, Eduardo (now at AC Ajaccio). Marseille’s Rod Fanni played for Rennes in that final and will hope that OM avoid another ‘giant killing’ as they suffered at the hands of US Quevilly in last year’s competition.
Out of the Europa League and Coupe de la Ligue competitions, Elie Baup may well see the Coupe de France as OM’s only serious chance of silverware this season, so expect him to take it seriously.
Other than the absent Nkoulou, Amalfitano, Fanni, Jordan and Andre Ayew, Baup has a relatively full strength squad available. New signing Brice Samba goes straight into the squad although Foued Kadir has been left out. The 18 man team is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Mendes, Morel, Mbow, Aloe, Abdullah, Barton, Cheyrou, Kabore, Valbuena, Raspentino, Remy, Gignac, Omrani and Jobello.
Likely starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Mandanda – Abdallah, Diawara, Mendes, Morel – Barton, Cheyrou – Remy, Valbuena, Raspentino – Gignac.
Who Are They?
Guingamp are sat 1 point from 3rd place as manager Jocelyn Gourvennec looks to improve on last season’s 7th placed finish. EAG have only suffered 3 league defeats and they all came before the end of September at the hands of Dijon, Monaco and Nimes.
Malian international, Mustapha Yatabare, has spearheaded the Guingamp attack this season, netting 10 times. Support has come from former Toulouse midfielder Thibault Giresse who has already provided 7 goals and 3 assists.
If history is to be taken into account, Marseille have the better recent record over Guingamp, with Andre Ayew’s first half goal settling the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 match last time the two sides met. Guingamp’s last win over OM came in the 2002-2003 season when a little known player by the name of Didier Drogba helped secure a 2-0 for EAG at the Stade Velodrome.
Predicted result: Marseille 3-1 Guingamp