Because of the offensive problems Lyon are no match for their Champions League opponents. Although they controlled the Champions League game against Valencia, Lyon couldn’t really infiltrate inside the penalty box and opponents didn’t have that many difficulties in putting a stop to Lyon’s actions (Valencia won 1-0).
Forward Fekir is still injured, Beauvue hasn’t adapted yet, Lacazette has alternating performances and coach Fournier was forced to improvise and recently promoted 19 years old Kalulu to the senior squad and it seems he will be a regular from now on.
The actions between play-maker Valbuena and the two fullbacks remain Lyon’s biggest strength. But this is a double edged sword as there are many open spaces that opponents can easily exploit (it happened in the last Ligue1 round when Lyon lost 3-1 at Bordeaux).
Lyon will have to do without midfielder Darder who suffered a serious injury in the midweek game.
With only 1 defeat so far Reims are currently 4th in the table and it seems they are constantly improving. Even when key players like defender Mandi or midfielder Oniangue miss through injury Reims are still a powerful opponent.
This is an excellent period for Reims with confidence and chemistry at maximum levels. At Reims it is all about the group, all about collective efforts. They do not rely on individual talent and have no problems in substituting injured players.
Most probably Reims will use the same lineup as last round.
Reims prefer to build actions down the flanks, exactly where Lyon leave many open spaces. Even if Lyon will be the ones imposing the rythm, the value is definitely on Reims who are in top form at the moment. Reims +0.75 at 2.08
UPDATE: Looks like Darder’s injury was not so serious as he is available for this game. Reims will have to do without defender Mandi.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bisevac, Jallet, Umtiti, J.Morel – Tolisso, Ferri, Darder, Mvuemba, Gonalons, Malbranque, Ghezzal, Valbuena – Cornet, Beauvue, Kalulu, Lacazette
Reims: Lemaître, Placide – Fofana, Signorino, Tacalfred, H.Traoré – Bulot, Devaux, Fortes, Kankava, Mfulu, Oniangue, Peuget, Rigonato – De Preville, Kyei, Ngog, Siebatcheu.