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Guingamp vs Grenoble - Hosts tipped to secure opening day win

Guingamp backed to begin Ligue 2 campaign with victory over Grenoble
Guingamp vs Grenoble
Guingamp tipped to begin Ligue 2 campaign with win over Grenoble (Getty Images)

Guingamp vs Grenoble Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


A home win is the tip as Guingamp host Grenoble in their opening match in the French Ligue 2 season at the Stade du Roudourou. The hosts will be looking to get straight back up to Ligue 1 and are backed to win at odds of 1.83 against Grenoble who are poor travellers.

EA Guingamp Form & Team News


Guingamp ended their preseason campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Brest in their final fixture. They went two goals down in the first half before Nathael Julan pulled one back on 72 minutes.

It was the first preseason defeat for Patrice Lair's men who had won their previous three matches. They are good value for a win on Friday at odds of 1.83 having won three of their last four matches across all competitions.

Nathael Julan is likely to be given the nod in attack after getting on the score sheet against Brest. He should be partnered by Nolan Roux with Didier Ndong set to feature in midfield.

Guingamp
Guingamp have won three of their last four matches (Getty Images)

Grenoble Foot 38 Form & Team News 


Grenoble were held to a 0-0 draw against Rodez in a friendly last Friday. It was a disappointing end to an inconsistent preseason campaign as they claimed just two wins from five matches.

Philippe Hinschberger's men struggled for much of the 2018-19 Ligue 2 season and ended the campaign with two defeats and a draw in their final three matches. They are not favoured to win on Friday at odds of 4.50 while a draw is priced at 3.50.

Grenoble often struggled for goals last season and appear to have been weakened in attack following the departure of top scorer Florian Sotoca. Florian Raspentino was brought in from Valenciennes but the striker has failed to score in his last five Ligue 2 matches.

Guingamp vs Grenoble Head to Head


Grenoble have a 4-2 advantage with three draws from nine previous matches against Guingamp. The most recent meeting was a Coupe de la Ligue clash in 2010 which ended 2-1 in favour of Guingamp.

Guingamp vs Grenoble Match Up


Guingamp will look to Nathael Julan and Nolan Roux to provide the spark in attack. Both men should combine well to get the better of the Grenoble defence that has conceded five goals in their last four matches. 

Grenoble on the other hand are depleted in attack having lost Florian Sotoca in the transfer market. Florian Raspentino has been poor in recent matches and is likely to struggle against the Guingamp defence.

Nathael Julan
Guingamp's French forward Nathael Julan has been in good goal scoring form and should be a key man for the hosts (Getty Images)

Guingamp vs Grenoble Key Statistics


  • Guingamp have won 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Grenoble have lost their last 2 away matches (Ligue 2).
  • Grenoble have scored at least 1 goal in 4 of their last 5 away matches (Ligue 2).

Verdict


Guingamp usually do their best work at home and should have too much for Grenoble. The visitors are poor travellers I am backing the Guingamp to secure the victory at odds of 1.83.

Best Bet: Guingamp Win @ 1.83 at bet365 - 3 Units

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