Guingamp peut-il déjouer tous les pronostics pour la tenue de ce match mercredi, au Parc des Princes ? En l'état, difficile de voir les hommes de Gourvennec troubler la marche imperturbable des Parisiens qui ne rencontrent aucune résistance sur la scène nationale. Pour cette édition 2019, la voie semble déjà toute tracée pour le PSG dans une compétition dont il a confisqué le titre depuis 5 ans.
Même si les Havrais ont crée la surprise le week-end dernier en allant s’imposer à Bordeaux, ces derniers auront à cœur de se remettre dans le droit chemin et de confirmer leur statut de favori. Une deuxième défaite consécutive face au Havre ne sera pas acceptée. Il y a donc fort à parier que la physionomie de ce quart de finale sera tout autre pour les Bordelais.
Avant de se déplacer sur le Rocher, les Bretons ont toutes les raisons du monde d'aborder ce match de Coupe de la Ligue avec sérénité. De plus Rennes a fini sa première moitié de saison sur une note positive tandis que l'ASM n'a jamais pu sortir du marasme dans lequel il s'est installé dès les premières journées de championnat. Les dynamiques devraient être respectées et risquent bien de se poursuivre à l'occasion de ce quart de finale.
Les deux équipes étant sur une période positive de résultats, elles auront à cœur d’enchaîner et de continuer cette série. Bien que Strasbourg ait effectué une belle première moitié de saison et qu’il ait éliminé l’OM au tour précédent, les Lyonnais paraissent en meilleure forme et auront surtout un avantage psychologique par rapport aux dernières confrontations entre les deux équipes. La voie vers les demi-finales leur paraît plus ouverte qu’aux Strasbourgeois.
In their last two matches in the French League Cup, Guingamp have played to barren draws and won on penalties but if that is a strategy, they may have to think of a better one in this game as they face a side with 21 straight wins in the competition. PSG have been the best team in France over the years and this season has gone well for them as they seem on course for the Ligue 1 title, having opened a 13 – point gap and they will not mind adding this trophy to their winnings this season. Guingamp in the meantime, are bottom of the Ligue 1 log and are expected to place more effort in the league matches than in the cup games. They have two wins in their last 13 matches and go to this game heavily as the underdogs, having failed to win in regular time four of their last five League Cup matches away from home. In the five matches, they have managed just one win, in extra time. Taking on a PSG side with just one loss in the 26 matches they have played this season will not be easy for Guingamp, especially given that PSG are unbeaten in five matches against them. Eight of the last nine meetings between the two sides have produced over 2.5 goals and in the total 28 meetings between the sides, PSG have 14 wins and Guingamp five. I expect many goals scored
It's 18 years since Lyon last won the French League Cup and five since they last reached the final. They are having a successful season so far sitting third in Ligue 1 but still 15 points behind runaway leaders PSG, who of course are also still in this tournament. Only one of their last 15 league and cup games have ended in defeat and only two of their last 13 at home. They have also qualified for the last sixteen of the Champions League after getting four points out of six from two games against English Premier League champions Manchester City. In the last sixteen of the French League Cup, they won 3-2 at Amiens taking a 3-0 lead inside 60 minutes. Only PSG have won the French League Cup more times than Strasbourg, though the last of their three wins was in 2005. They are seventh in Ligue 1 but form just before the winter break wasn't that great. In five games, they won one in 90 mins, a League Cup tie on penalties, drew two and lost one. Away form has seen them win just two out of their last nine with one being the penalties win at Marseille. Their last two visits to Lyon have both ended in defeat and this looks like a home win with Lyon in much better form.
AS Monaco, which was defeated for the 10th time of the season in the league on Sunday night, will face a team from Lorient that is within the reach of the ASM. Thierry Henry's players would need a win in the Cup, which would bode well before receiving Guingamp in L1 next Saturday.
The League Cup is rarely a priority for clubs before the semi-finals or even the quarter ends. OM, who did not play this weekend in the league, could see a good opportunity to revive, but it was already the case against the Apollo in Europa League. Strasbourg chained his side matches and may lack juice, a small meeting to be scheduled Wednesday at the Vélodrome!