Both teams were very lucky last round. Evian because their game got postponed (as a trashing was predicted) and Reims because they won after having just 1 shot on target and being under complete domination.
Not having played last round provided Evian with enough time to get back to Earth, after being the sole team who managed to defeat PSG so far this season.
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Not only that, but Evian also welcomed back top-scorer Berigaud after a significant absence. Replacements Ruben and Sougou never really succeeded in making Berigaud’s absence unnoticeable. Ruben is completely out-of-form and Sougou, despite scoring against PSG, is a wasteful player.
Now Berigaud could go straight into the lineup, and with Wass and DjaDjeDje on the wings Evian could once again become a major threat for most Ligue1 teams.
Winger Ehret will also return from suspension so there’s the possibility for for Wass to change sides and play as a right fullback, near Dja DjeDje (right winger) and constantly change positions with him in order to preserve energy and confuse opponents. In fact, about 2 months ago, this strategy was Evian’s strongest point.
Reims once again won after being cornered for most of the game. It happened 2 rounds ago at Sochaux and last week again versus Nice.
Reims suffered a lot in defense and they only have Nice’s out-of-form striker Cvitanich to thank for keeping a clean sheet.
Central defender Tacalfred will miss once again through injury, same as central midfielder Krychowiak and forward Courtet. Krychowiak should be regarded as the best player in the team so he will be hugely missed. Defensively Krychowiak is indispensable.
Seeing that Evian won’t be overconfident and will welcome back striker Berigaud, I believe they have what it takes to control this game and also score (unlike Reims’ last 2 opponents…)
Bookies judged the situation pretty well so the price of 2.13 for home win is fair.[/restrict]