Balanced game between Rennes and Bordeaux last round and the 1-1 draw is completely justified.
Bordeaux conceded an early goal and it took a while for them to find a way back in the game (equalized with only 10 minutes to go).
Bad news for Bordeaux as it seems forward Saivet suffered a new injury and may miss a while (he had just returned from injury a few weeks ago).
Bordeaux’s biggest strength is the midfield, especially now with Chantome in the squad, as they are able to keep prolonged possession while trying to create open spaces.
Hosts will welcome back fullback Contento after suspension.
Reims missed winger Diego last round but they were still dangerous upfront in-spite failing to score (finished 0-0 vs Metz). Diego (who has been involved one way or another in most of Reims’ last goals) should return this round and increase the offensive strength.
Unfortunately for Reims that won’t help at all the soft defense. It is a miracle Reims haven’t conceded last round as opponents had huge spaces available and often penetrated inside the penalty box. Metz have the poorest attack in Ligue1 and this is the main reason Reims kept a clean sheet, but against Bordeaux it’s going to be an entire different story.
Reims’ defenders are all over the place, they aren’t organized, have problems defending both against set pieces and open play.
Even without forwards Saivet and Diabate this game cam turn into a training session for Bordeaux. Bordeaux -0.75 at 1.93
UPDATE: Fullback Contento may have fulfilled his suspension but will miss through injury.
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Prior – Faubert, Ilori, Mariano, Pallois, Poundjé, L.Sané – Sertic, Ab.Traoré, Chantôme, Khazri, Maurice-Belay, Plasil, Poko – Rolan, Kiese Thelin, T.Touré
Reims: Placide, Agassa – Conté, Mandi, C.Glombard, Mfulu, Signorino, Weber, Tacalfred – Bourillon, Oniangué, Diego, Peuget – Charbonnier, De Préville, Fortes, Ngog, Moukandjo