Nice slowly faded after winning away at Guingamp 7-2 about a month ago. They seem to be mediocre in all departments and it is really a hard task to spot their major weakness as both defensive and offensive players seem to lack decent skills.
Especially on home ground Nice compensate by making extra efforts and running twice as much as opponents. But this is far from an ideal strategy as they are only humans and exhaustion can’t be avoided. When they get tired Nice can be an easy prey. It happened two rounds ago against Lyon when they conceded twice in the final 10 minutes and it also happened last round against Evian when they conceded in the final quarter.
Nice will miss fullback Palun and winger Bautheac due to suspension. On the other hand they will welcome back Puel after injury and he could replace Palun.
Reims fully deserved to win last round against Lille (won 2-0) even if they played against 10 for about an hour (Lille got an early red card). Winger Moukandjo was a starter after being only a bench warmer in the last rounds, he scored again and this time surely consolidated his place in the lineup.
There is great news for Reims’ fans, namely that forward Charbonnier is suspended. Now fast and talented De Preville or Courtet can start upfront, so no more wasted balls and delays because of Charbonnier’s hesitancy and indecision.
Without Charbonnier in the lineup (who seems to be coach’s Vasseur favorite player for unknown reasons) Reims can start with the most powerful lineup possible and still have valuable replacements on the bench, like winger Diego or forward Courtet for example who can make a difference in the final minutes when Nice are usually exhausted. Reims +0.5 at 1.92
UPDATE: Nice will miss play-maker Carlos Eduardo due to injury. Bad news for Reims as they will have to do without in-form winger Moukandjo. Same bet.
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – Amavi, So.Diawara, Genevois, K.Gomis, Lloris, G.Puel – Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, N.Mendy, Rafetraniaina, Vercauteren – Bosetti, Cvitanich, Pléa, P.Puel
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Conte, M.Fofana, Mandi, Mavinga, Mfulu, Roberge, Signorino, Tacalfred – Bourillon, Devaux, Fortes, Oniangué, C.Glombard – Courtet, De Préville, Ngog