Reims are yet to win a game in 2016 and their situation is pretty serious, since they are only 3 points above the relegation zone.
Last round coach Guegan realized the danger and introduced another forward at the expense of the defense. It is a miracle how come Reims haven’t conceded a third goal, considering the huge spaces in their defense (lost 2-0 at Lorient).
Reims aren’t exactly very skilled and they are forced to rely on crosses, long range attempts and agglomerations in the box for finding the net. Sooner or later they are able to score in most games, but this strategy has a tremendous costs on the defensive phase, and they have the third worst defense in the tournament.
If coach Guegan will get desperate and will introduce another forward from the start, it could be a disaster for Reims.
Angers got back on the right track after three straight defeats (Cup included) and won comfortably against Monaco (finished 3-0).
Angers were very confident from the first whistle, constant in efforts and never seemed intimidated by opponent’s name.
Key midfielder Mangani returned from injury, played for about half an hour and most probably will be a starter this round. The other central midfielder NDoye scored twice (he is Angers’ top-scorer with 7 goals) so Angers’ midfield appears to be in top condition.
Angers are ok with defending, so if by any chance Reims will savagely attack from the beginning Angers are prepared for it. Angers are masters of counter attacking tactics, so the desperate hosts will be in for some hard times. Angers +0.25 at 1.91
UPDATE: Angers will have to do without forward Ketkeophomphone
Reims: not communicate yet
Angers: Letellier, Petric – Manceau, Angoula, Traoré, Thomas, Bourillon, Andreu – Bouka-Moutou, Saïss, Ngosso, N’Doye, Mangani, Diers, Capelle – Benrahma, Sunu, Nsamé, Yattara