Once again Lille proved to be slow starters. In the Cup game away at Amiens, Lille found themselves 1-0 down early in the game and it took a while for Lille to get their game straight.
Midfielders Mavuba and Balmont started only on the bench, just like striker Roux.
[restrict paid=true level=1] In these conditions both Martin and Rodelin had a place in the starting lineup. But with Mavuba, Balmont and Roux in the 1st eleven there will be no place for Rodelin.
There is no doubt coach Girard will prefer Martin instead of Rodelin. Lille’s best period in the 1st part of the season came when Martin was injured and Rodelin took over the play-maker role. Martin may be more talented but he never really adapted at Lille. Teammates don’t understand his intentions and have a different playing style than what he is used with. First of all there is no real striker for Martin to send long balls to. And secondly both Kalou and Roux are too slow for through balls. As a consequence Martin is useless for Lille, furthermore possession can be easily lost.
Only when Rodelin will enter the scene (usually somewhere around min 65) Lille will be able to pose more danger.
Only fullback Beria is injured for Lille.
Even if they lost in extra time (2-0) Reims defended heroically in the Cup game away at Marseille. But in the same time if we needed further proof of their inability to convert chances we got it…
Striker Charbonnier finished the 1st part of the season in style, scoring 2 amazing volleys against Ajaccio. But it was only a lucky day for him and that performance alone is not relevant in any way for his value.
Reims will welcome back defensive minded central midfielders Albaek and Krychowiak. Especially Krychowiak will be a major boost and will help create the first line of defense.
Lille with Rodelin on the bench and Martin acting as play-maker will struggle to approach Reims’ penalty box, especially since 7 players will be guarding it non-stop. I was expecting lower odds for under 2.5 goals, but 1.70 is a very decent price. Medium confidence. [/restrict]