With only a few exceptions both sides will look pretty much the same as last season.
Bordeaux lost fullback Mariano who transferred out at Sevilla and also lost possible replacement Faubert. In these conditions young Guilbert was promoted from the youth squad and, according to what we have seen in the Europa League games against Larnaca, he will be the first choice for the right back position.
Experience is still at low levels for Guilbert but otherwise he seems to be a skilled player determined to make the most of this opportunity.
Bordeaux were pretty unfortunate last season when many important players were injured for significant periods.
With Diabate and Saivet upfront and Khazri and Chantome behind them, Bordeaux are extremely powerful and if they will be able to avoid injuries Bordeaux will easily compete for a position in Europe.
Hosts will be without Jussie, Plasil, Rolan and Sane who are all injured.
Reims have lost a couple of defenders this summer (Roberge, Mavinga and Glombard), forward Courtet who was mostly a bench warmer and important winger Moukandjo.
Last season Reims lacked a striker with killer instincts and had major difficulties when trying to apply the finishing touch. They were forced to rely mainly on wingers Diego and Moukandjo both for creating chances and converting them. But Moukandjo is gone now and some problems in the offensive phase are foreseen.
Reims have transferred in striker Bulot who played for Standard Liege and Charlton. Reims’ hopes lie with Bulot this season but it remains to be seen if he will manage to adapt to Reims’ playing style with actions carried mostly down the flanks.
Besides being superior on paper Bordeaux also have a better form since they already played two official games in Europa League. When all their important players are available only a few teams in Ligue1 can resist against Bordeaux, and Reims is not one of them… Bordeaux -1 at 2.28
UPDATE: Hosts will miss Jussie, Plasil and Sane but forward Rolan recovered an is in the squad. Bad news for Reims as they will miss a coupl eof important players: winger Diego, defender Conte, midfielder Albaek and winger fortes.
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Guilbert, Pallois, Poundjé, Yambéré – Chantôme, Khazri, Maurice-Belay, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Crivelli, C.Diabaté, Rolan, Saivet, T.Touré
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, Traore, Turan, Weber – Bulot, Devaux, Mfulu, Oniangue, Peuget – Charbonnier, De Preville, Kyei, Ngog, Siebatcheu