Guingamp et Monaco se verraient certainement bien en finale de cette Coupe de la Ligue afin de s'offrir la chance de sauver leur saison avec un titre, et pourquoi pas le maintien à la clé. Mais une des deux équipes sortira de la compétition et pourrait de surcroit finir par descendre, c'est pour cela que cette demi-finale est plus qu'indécise et qu'on devrait voir des buts de chaque côté !
It's not often the bottom two teams in Ligue 1 face each other in the semi-final of the French League Cup. That's what has happened this season as bottom of the table Guingamp host Monaco who are one from bottom in the league. Guingamp caused a massive shock in the quarter finals winning 2-1 at PSG and they could even afford to miss a penalty. Just a shame soon after they returned to Paris in the league and lost 9-0. Their league campaign has been a bit of a disaster and it wasn't until three days before Christmas that they recorded their second league win of the season and that was a 2-0 win at Monaco. Cup football has been a lot more successful with five wins in the League and French Cup tournaments. In this competition they have beaten Angers and Nice (both on penalties) before that big win over PSG. Monaco have also had a terrible league season and have already sacked Thierry Henry after a poor run in his three months in charge, He's been replaced by Leonardo Jardim who was also sacked from the manager's job this season, yes football is a strange game. Monaco have only won one game over 90 minutes this year and that was against Canet Roussillon who are in National League 3. Their other win in this competition was against Ligue 2 Lorient so it hasn't been the hardest of routes. Guingamp have home advantage and a recent win over their opponents and can win this game to reach the final.
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.