Our football match prediction:
Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Lille and Caen, Olympiques Marseille played out a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux at the weekend, with Morgan Sanson scoring the equalizers for Rudi Garcia’s troops in the dying seconds of the match. OM aim to return to winning ways in the French top flight and a win over Guingamp could see them climb to the Champions League berth in the Ligue 1 standings. Marseille are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they hammered Caen 5-0 in their last home fixture in the national championship is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Sunday’s football game. Antoine Kombouare’s men suffered an embarrassing 6-0 loss to Monaco in their last away game in the league and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Marseille’s party at Stade Velodrome.
Highlighted Player (Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers. However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage. Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.
Highlighted Team (Guingamp):
En Avant de Guingamp Cotes-d’Armor are a French football club based in the commune of Guingamp. Guingamp was founded back in 1912 and it has to be noted that a number of top-class footballers played for the club in the past. The likes of Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Fabrice Abriel and Vincent Candela all wore Guingamp’s shirt and, no doubt, the club served them as a springboard. Guingamp returned to the Ligue 1 in 2013 and they have been competing in the French elite division ever since. In 1996 the French team did well to win the Intertoto Cup and book their place in European competitions for the first time ever. However, Italian giants proved to be a big catch for the Ligue 1 club in the first round of the UEFA Cup. One year later Guingamp made it to the French Cup final, but they were more than unfortunate not to lift the trophy. After playing out a draw with Nice in the regular time, the Stade de Roudourou outfit were eventually beaten by les Aiglones on penalties.