Shy performance from Caen last round away at Lille (lost 1-0). Opponents were very organized and from an attacking point of view Caen’s actions ended even before they truly began.
The defensive phase was not much better with defensive midfielder Adeoti making many unforced errors and simply giving away balls for opponents. The defensive strength won’t be improved since central defender Musavu-King is still away on international duty.
Only the attacking potential will increase since striker Duhamel should return after missing last round due to personal reasons.
Central defender Yahia and forward Privat suffered injuries but it seems there is nothing serious according to latest reports.
Opponents Reims took part in an action packed game last round against St Etienne (lost 2-1). The spaces between Reims’ defenders were simply huge and only thanks to keeper’s Placide exceptional reflexes they conceded only 2 goals.
The defensive potential will be diminished this round since right fullback Conte will miss through suspension.
In-spite missing top-scorer Moukandjo, Reims created many dangerous goal scoring opportunities and gave huge headaches to an organized opponent like St Etienne. Left winger Diego was very active, took opponents out-of-play through ingenious dribbling moves and delivered many key passes. St Etienne’s keeper Ruffier was in excellent form and prevented Reims from scoring more than once.
Both sides concentrate mostly on the attacking phase and neither of them is solid in defense. With both Caen and Reims always giving away spaces this should be an action packed encounter with many goal scoring opportunities. Over 2.50 goals at 2.11
UPDATE: Caen’s winger Bazile was left outside the squad. Bad news for Reims as they will miss winger Diego. Same bet
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis– Calvé, Appiah, D.Da Silva, Al.Yahia, Saad, Imorou – Seube, Saez, N.Kanté, Féret, Lemar – Duhamel, Nangis, Raspentino, Koita, Privat
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Mfulu, Mavinga, Roberge, Signorino, Weber, Tacalfred, Moh.Fofana – Bourillon, Ca, Devaux, C.Glombard, Peuget – Charbonnier, Courtet, De Préville, Ngog