Paris Saint-Germain lifted the trophy in the Coupe de la Ligue five times in a row – but this season there will be no title defense. PSG had already beaten in the quarterfinals completely surprising the then Ligue 1 tail light EA Guingamp. The relegation candidate then prevailed against AS Monaco and is thus in the final – this is a difficult balancing act between survival struggle in the league and the dream of Europe. In the final on Saturday night, there is now a duel between Racing Strasbourg and Guingamp!
Football Betting Prediction Strasbourg vs Guingamp
If Guingamp prevailed, it would be the first title win in the League Cup for the club, Strasbourg, however, could claim the smaller of the two club cups already twice (1997 and 2005) for themselves. Racing Strasbourg (currently in tenth place) is favored according to the current table of the French Ligue Une. This is also the opinion of the bookmakers who offer odds for Strasbourg vs Guingamp of 1.61 in favor of the association from Alsace. The venue for the final is the Stade Pierre-Mauroy of Lille. The game starts on Saturday evening at 21:05.
Strasbourg – Statistics & Current Form
In the 2005/06 season the club from Alsace played for the last time on international stage. In the former UEFA Cup came the end for “Les Bleus” – Racing Strasbourg has the same nickname as the French national football team – in the second round against FC Basel. Since this against against the Bebbies from Basel, the fans experienced a very turbulent time. The club skidded into bankruptcy and disappeared completely from the scene. In the fifth league the restart took place in the season 2011/12. It was the start of a success story as Strasbourg was able to return to Ligue 1 in a relatively short time. After promotion from third to second division, head coach Jacky Dugueperoux was replaced by Thierry Laurey for age reasons. Laurey has been active in Alsace since July 2016 and has a strong points average of 1.48 points in 122 competitive matches. After the direct passage from the third division in the Ligue Une, Strasbourg finished last year’s 15th place in the table. In this season, the team has further developed and already at the current time of the season collected a counter more than in the previous year.
For long stretches of the season, Strasbourg has managed to stay in the league in the league. After 22 match days, the team still ranked fifth. Only in the last few weeks is a form-depth not to be dismissed out of hand. In the past seven league games, the team remained unsuccessful (four draws, three defeats). However, a point could be scored among others against the OSC Lille (2nd) or Olympique Lyon (3rd). The Sieglos series is certainly not ideal before the most important game in recent club history. Despite these results, Strasbourg is in favor of Guingamp according to odds in the range of 2.20 are offered for the Strasbourg victory. With the third League Cup victory, the return to Europe would be perfect. Personnel Laurey can draw on the full and must not pretend injured a player.
Expected lineup of Strasbourg:
↳ Sels, Carole, Kone, Martinez, Mitrovic, Lala – Fofana, Goncalves, Prcic – da Costa, Mothiba
Last matches of Strasbourg:
⚽ 16.03.2019 – Olympique Nîmes Vs. Strasbourg 2: 2 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 09.03.2019 – Strasbourg vs. Strasbourg Lyon 2: 2 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 03.03.2019 – OGC Nice vs. Strasbourg 1: 0 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 22.02.2019 – Strasbourg vs. Strasbourg OSC Lille 1: 1 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 17.02.2019 – SM Caen vs. Strasbourg 0: 0 (Ligue 1)
Guingamp – Statistics & Current Form
Two times, EA Guingamp has already won the big French Cup competition – the Coupe de France. The last time this happened was five years ago, when Stade Rennes was defeated 2-0 in the final. Even then, Jocelyn Gourvennec was head coach. Through his performances with Guingamp Gourvennec could make an outstanding name and was considered one of the largest French coaching talents. In the summer of 2016, he moved to Bordeaux, but the expectations in the west of France, he could meet only partially and in January 2018 ended his involvement. After ten months without coaching, he returned to Guingamp and is now to save his old love from relegation. When Gourvennec had taken over the club, Guingamp was with only seven points from 13 games on the last place in the table. Gourvennec was by no means the instant savior and until the last match Guingamp was on the last place in the French Ligue 1 series. Before the international break, the relegation scull at home against FCO Dijon was beaten 1-0 by Ludovic Blas in the 86th minute be won. Thanks to this threesome not only Dijon was overtaken, but also the SM Caen. This means 18th place in the table – and thus Guingamp would still have the chance to hold the class at the end of the season in two relegation matches. Nine games to go, the direct relegation given seven points behind SC Amiens will probably remain difficult to achieve.
The situation in Brittany can thus be called the dream of Europe or fear of descent. On the way to the final in the Coupe de la Ligue proved the team great morale and an extreme nerve strength. If the title win against Strasbourg be fixed, a victory on penalties would be no surprise. The relegation eliminated on the way to the final SCO Angers, OGC Nice and AS Monaco on penalties – also scored in the sensational 2-1 victory against Paris Saint-Germain both goals from the penalty spot. As the game continues, the certainty of this nerve might be an advantage for Guingamp. The longer the game draws, the less risk Guingamp will take. This could be quite promising in the Coupe de la Ligue final between Strasbourg and Guingamp the tip for attractive odds on an extension.
Expected lineup of Guingamp:
↳ Caillard – Kerbrat, Rebochoo, Sorbon, Traore – Deaux, Merghem, Phiri – Beneze, Mendy, Thuram
Last matches of Guingamp:
⚽ 16.03.2019 – EA Guingamp vs. FCO Dijon 1: 0 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 10.03.2019 – Toulouse Vs. EA Guingamp 1: 0 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 03.03.2019 – EA Guingamp vs. FC Nantes 0: 0 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 23/02/2019 – EA Guingamp vs. Angers 1: 0 (Ligue 1)
⚽ 20.02.2019 – Girondins vs. Bordeaux. EA Guingamp 0: 0 (Ligue 1)
Strasbourg vs Guingamp Direct Comparison
Before the final of the French League Cup – the Coupe de la Ligue – the two surprise finalists Racing Strasbourg and EA Guingamp faced only 25 times. Guingamp, currently in 18th place in the French Ligue 1, has a nose to nose with 12 wins and only eight defeats in direct comparison. Since Strasbourg’s Ligue 1 return, the club from Alsace has not won against Guingamp. Last year Guingamp celebrated two 2-0 victories. The first duel in the current season ended in late October with a 1-1 draw! It was a lucky point for Strasbourg, who draw in the 88th minute. Accordingly, between Strasbourg and Guingamp, in the three games that have taken place over the last two years, the prediction on the under 2.5 was the right decision.
Strasbourg vs Guingamp Best Betting Prediction
Before the start of the season, a bet on the Coupe de la Ligue final between Strasbourg and Guingamp would have brought very high odds. Although the League Cup is the much smaller trophy in France, it has been firmly in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in recent years. For the first time since 2013 there will be another winner! In addition to winning the trophy attracts above all the participation in the Europa League, because of the league, both teams can not do this.
Key Facts – Strasbourg vs Guingamp tips
↳ Strasbourg has not won since seven games (four draws, three defeats)
↳ Since the Ligue 1 return Strasbourg has not won against Guingamp – in all three games, the tip on the sub 2.5 was right!
↳ The penalty kings – three of the four knockout rounds Guingamp decided on penalties for themselves!
The club from Alsace, Racing Strasbourg, has not won since 26 January, but is still a favorite among bookmakers. For much of the season, the Laurey team played extremely complacent football. Although Guingamp has left the bottom of the table, the club from Brittany can not be credited with a strong promotion. Football wise, Strasbourg has much more potential in its own ranks and has been able to focus on this final in recent weeks. Guingamp is also extremely outwardly weak (seven goals in 14 games). In the final between Strasbourg and Guingamp tends to tip on the Cup victory in Strasbourg.
Betting Prediction: Strasbourg wins the title!