Home and Away: Guingamp looking to keep within touching distance of promotion

10May 2013



Jonno Turner selects picks from France and Spain as he aims to bow out with two winners this week...


We're off to France for our penultimate pick of the week - and Ligue 2, as third placed Guingamp host Lens, looking for another three points to keep themselves in the promotion places.


Jocelyn Gourvennec's side go into this clash with a two point gap on fourth place, and will be keen to make the most of their home advantage in this game, and could all but secure their place in the top tier.


And the Stade du Roudourou side are in impressive form on their own patch, undefeated in 15 outings in front of their own fans.


A 6-1 thrashing of Le Mans in their last home encounter will have boosted confidence in the Brittany side, and they'll be desperate to maintain their formidable hosts record here.


Visitors Lens travel north west sitting in 11th place - and are in the midst of a miserable run which has seen them winless since the middle of March.


Eric Sikora's side have not tasted victory in seven on the road, and go into this clash under no pressure, with their second tier safety already secured.


And just two clean sheets from their last nine away from the Stade Bollaert-Delelis suggests defensive weaknesses have been an issue this campaign, and that is something that Sikora will be looking to put right over the summer.


Bet 1: Guingamp (HOME) @ 1.63


Over to Spain now for our final Friday selection - and Real Zaragoza travel to Levante, looking to arrest a slump which has seen them winless on the road this year.


The visitors line up for this one sitting just one point outside of the relegation zone - and are well and truly in survival mode, having won their last two, including an impressive 3-0 thrashing of 10th placed Rayo Vallecano last time out.


That showed that Manolo Jimenez' side are more than capable of securing their top tier status this campaign, and they will be desperate to get a further three points on the board - and cure their hoodoo on the road - against a Levante side out of form and with nothing to play for.


The hosts sit 12th going into this clash, and are without a win in five games - a run which has left Juan Ignacio Martinez a long way off their sixth placed finish of last year.


Just two goals scored - and a dozen conceded - in that time shows clearly where the Frogs' problems have been of late, and that could cost them dearly against an away side with everything to play for.


History certainly favours the visitors in this clash, and Real Zaragoza are unbeaten in seven of their last eight meetings with Levante.


Bet 2: Real Zaragoza (AWAY) @ 2.68



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Keywords: Home and Away, Guingamp, promotion

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