Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Troyes are a team with two faces. Jean Louis Garcia’s men are tough to beat at home, but they struggle on the travels and, as a result, they continue with ups and downs in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Troyes recorded three wins in previous four home fixtures in the French top flight and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Saturday’s football match against Guingamp. The Stade de l’Aube outfit produced a fine display in a 2-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes and you should bear in mind that the star-studded capital club broke the deadlock in the 70th minute of the match. Antoine Kombouare’s charges on the other hand, are on a seven-game winless run in the national championship and we predict the visitors will return home empty-handed. It has been ten years since Troyes recorded their last win over Guingamp in a competitive match and Jean Louis Garcia’s troops are likely to put an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (Mamadou Samassa):
Mamadou Samassa is a goalkeeper who plays for Troyes in Ligue 1. Samassa was born in Montreuil, France on February 16, 1990 and he played for France U18, U19 and U20 teams in the past. However, thanks to his dual citizenship the 197-cm-tall shoot-stopper represents Mali at senior level and he made his debut for the Malian national team on January 20, 2013 in a 1-0 victory over Niger. Speaking of his club career, Mamadou Samassa played for youth teams of Collinee-Le Gouray and PEF Pioufragan before joining Guingamp in 2013. After playing 126 league games for the Guingamp first team, Samassa moved to Troyes in the summer of 2016. The Malian goalkeeper managed to keep 13 clean sheets in 37 appearances for Troyes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign. It has to be noted that Mamadou Samassa won the 2013/2014 French Cup with Guingamp, with the Ligue 1 side beating Rennes in the title game. The Troyes shoot-stopper has a contract with the Stade de l’Aube outfit which expires on June 30, 2019.
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.