Few teams in France are having a stranger season than Guingamp. They lie bottom of the table in Ligue 1 with only three league wins all season. It’s a different story in the cup competitions though. Guingamp have already reached the final of the League Cup and now they host Lyon in the last 16 of the French Cup.
Guingamp are fast becoming the Wigan Athletic of French football. They famously won the FA Cup only to be relegated from the Premier League a few days later. Ligue 1 Guingamp are currently bottom of Ligue 1 and four points from safety but they love their cup football.
Next month sees them face Strasbourg in the French League Cup final having claimed some big scalps on the way. That included runaway league leaders PSG who they beat 2-1 away in the quarter-finals. Just a shame they lost the follow-up league game 9-0.
Home form for Guingamp isn’t exactly anything to be proud of this season. They have only won one league game and had to wait until January 16 to achieve that. If you believe they can beat Lyon in this French Cup tie, the odds are 4/1 (5.0) at Unibet.
It’s their cup form that is intriguing though and they find themselves just a game from the French Cup quarter finals. It’s been a struggle getting this far though as they trailed fifth-tier side Stade Pontivyen before winning 4-2. What if they come from behind to win this game? The odds of that are 21/1 (22.0) at BetVictor.
They had their problems in the last 32 as they were taken to extra-time away at Ligue 2 strugglers Nancy. This tie against Lyon will be a lot tougher for the Ligue 1 relegation candidates and unlikely cup heroes.
Lyon are third in the table with three times more points earned this season than their opponents. They now share something in common with Guingamp as the weekend saw them beat PSG 2-1. That was the first league defeat for the top-of-the-table side but Lyon still trail them by 13 points and have played two games more.
It’s cup football that is their best chance of winning a trophy this season. There are odds of 7/1 (8.0) at Betway on them winning the French Cup for the first time since 2012. They are certainly in the form to do so with four straight wins in a six-game unbeaten run.
Both of their games in this season’s tournament have ended in 2-0 away wins. The last 64 saw them beat fifth-tier Bourges and then they defeated Ligue 1 side Amiens 2-0. You can get odds of 8/1 (9.0) on this game being won 2-0 by Lyon.
Head to Head
Lyon have won their last three games against Guingamp. The most recent meeting was in November 2018 with a 4-2 away win. Lyon had to come from 1-0 down to win that game. A Lyon win from behind in this tie is 9/1 (10.0) at Coral.
Lyon’s Fernando Marcal will be available again after suspension. Both teams are likely to make changes though for this cup tie.
Going All the Way?
Guingamp don’t win that many games in 90 minutes so a 90 minute draw isn’t a bad bet. That’s 11/4 (3.75) at Betfred but there are no replays. So far this season, Guingamp have won three penalty-shoot out cup wins. There are odds of 14/1 (15.0) at BoyleSports on Guingamp winning this game on penalties and 12/1 (13.0) with the same bookies on Lyon winning that way.
Lyon Clean Sheet
Lyon have won both of their last two away games without their opponents scoring. The odds on a Lyon clean sheet in this game are 11/8 (2.37) at SkyBet.
Lyon are a strong cup team and in good form too. Their opponents have caused a few shocks this season but at the end of the day are still bottom of Ligue 1. The away team can get the win here. Lyon to win and over 1.5 goals in the game has odds of 23/20 (2.15) at Ladbrokes.