Poor effort from Evian last round away at Lyon (lost 2-0) and a dramatic end of the season is foreseen.
Offensive players Duhamel and Sunu, the ones who were transferred-in this winter, the ones who should be saving Evian from relegation, were nowhere to be seen and were substituted early in 2nd half. Evian managed to create a few scoring opportunities but it was nothing special that could have put the opponent in real difficulty.
Recently Evian have been underperforming and won only 2 points in the last 5 rounds. In these conditions it is understandable why hopes for survival are diminishing as round goes by and Ligue2 is so close.
Young fullback Sabaly suffered an injury last week and most likely will sit out.
Reims aren’t doing any better with only 3 points won in the last 7 rounds and tons of goals conceded. The leaky defense is by far Reims’ major problem and the primary reason for the delicate position in the table (just 1 point above the relegation zone)
The situation may be even more difficult this week seeing that regular keeper Agassa sustained an injury and may sit out.
Upfront Reims are capable of fast paced actions especially down the flanks where wingers Diego and Moukandjo can make the difference through ball control and speed.
Both teams will treat this game like a Champions League final as the points involved are crucial for survival in Ligue1. If by any chance one side will find the net they will be defending with 11 players until the final whistle.
UPDATE: Hosts will again miss midfielder Barbosa and fullback Sabaly but will welcome back fullback Abdallah. Reims’ midfielder Devaux is once again available.
Evian: B.Leroy, Hansen – Abdallah, A.Angoula, Cambon, Nounkeu, Fall, Mongongu – D.Koné, Sorlin, Ninkovic, Tejeda, Thomasson, Wass – Sunu, Duhamel, Blandi, Nielsen, Nsikulu, Sougou
Reims: Agassa, Placide – M.Fofana, Conte, Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, Weber – Albaek, Bourillon, Devaux, Fortes, Mfulu, Oniangué, Diego – Charbonnier, De Préville, Ngog, Moukandjo, Kyei