Although they played in 10 for about an hour Angers still managed to constantly push the game forward and avoid truly dangerous situations in defense. In the end Angers won 1-0 thanks to a goal scored from penalty, but even before the red card it was clearly visible that Angers have problems in creating scoring opportunities.
They rely a lot on forward Sunu who is injured at the moment and unfortunately there is nobody else to take over his tasks. Newly arrived forward Karanovic also suffered an injury and missed last round.
Only with forward Camara upfront Angers have difficulties in getting inside the penalty and have to rely on midfielders to advance and take part in the attacking phase.
Angers will have to do without important midfielder NDoye who is suspended.
Reims were surprisingly confident last week against PSG and they deserved to keep at home a point (finished 1-1). With a bit more concentration Reims could have won but unfortunately they have conceded the equalizer seconds after taking the lead.
Since the arrival of midfielder Kankava, Oniangue is a bit more advanced and allows Reims to build actions in speed, and always have a reliable link in the center to help switch play from one flank to the other.
Wingers Bulot and De Preville are in good confidence and are continuously on the move disorientating and wearing out opponents.
Most probably Reims will miss keeper Agassa who suffered an injury last week that forced him off the field.
Last time Angers missed both Sunu and Ndoye lost 3-1 and where clearly dominated by opponents (away at Lorient). Angers struggle offensively without Sunu and easily lose possession allowing opponents to strike back. Reims are in a good moment and can definitely take advantage of hosts’ absences. Reims DNB at 2.16
UPDATE: Reims will miss winger Agassa, forward Kyei and midfielder Oniangue. Reims’ offensive strength will be diminshed but they still have wingers De Preville and Bulot available and the counter attacking tactics relies primarily on them.
Angers: not communicated yet
Reims: Placide, Garel – M.Fofana, Mandi, Tacalfred, At.Turan, H.Traoré – Bulot, Kankava, Fortes, Mfulu, Ndom, Peuget, Diego – Charbonnier, De Préville, Ngog, Siebatcheu