Nice missed a great opportunity last round away at Lyon, as they played against 10 for about an hour, but couldn’t take all points (finished 1-1).
They scored early in the game and even after opponents remained in 10, Nice focused mostly on killing the game, instead of increasing their lead.
Nice still have a decent chance to qualify for Champions League next season, but they will need to make extra efforts in the remaining rounds.
At the moment Nice have an efficient, and even pleasant, playing style, and the only thing dragging them down is the fear of losing the chance to play in Europe next season.
Hosts have no new injuries, so most probably they will use the same lineup as last round.
Disappointing display from Reims last week away at Troyes (lost 2-1). Now their relegation woes increased, especially since they will encounter Marseille and Lyon in the final rounds.
Lately Reims haven’t been so efficient in the attacking phase, and last round coach Guegan introduced forward Bangoura in the lineup, in the attempt to add a bit of freshness. Unfortunately there was no real change, and in second half Bangoura was substituted by Traore, the regular right forward.
It will be a difficult end of the season for Reims, who seem exhausted both mentally and physically .
Guests can’t afford to sit back and concentrate on defending, besides, they always have an offensive approach, regardless the form and the opponent. If Nice will show the same determination and efficiency as they usually do, they won’t have any problems in taking all points NICE -0.5 at 1.93
UPDATE: In comparison to last round Reims will miss midfielder Kankava and forward Bifouma
Nice: Hassen, Cardinale – Baysse, Le Marchand, Ricardo, Genevois, Pied – Seri, Hult, Walter, Wallyson, N.Mendy, Koziello – Ben Arfa, Plea, Caddy, Germain, Puel
Reims : J.Carrasso, Agassa – Conte, Mandi, Signorino, H.Traoré, At.Turan, Weber – Charbonnier, Devaux, Mfulu, Ndom, Oniangué, H.Rodriguez – L.Bangoura, De Préville, Kyei, Siebatcheu