Reims are sitting on two consecutive victories, and just like last round, keeper Placide was once again the man of the match (won 2-0 at Caen).
Placide is in excellent form for two weeks already and makes some incredible saves. He is the main reason why Reims managed to take all points in the last two rounds.
Recently coach Guegan changed system, and now Reims are playing in a 3-4-3 formula and easily switch to 5-4-1 in the defensive phase. But the only real improvement is the performance of keeper Placide, as otherwise Reims are still vulnerable in defense and lack solutions upfront.
Hosts will miss midfielder Kankava due to suspension.
Bastia had an easy game last round against Troyes and fully dominated from the first minute (won 2-0).
Forward Ayite made an impressive comeback after missing through suspension, and scored both of Bastia’s goals. Winger Kamano played only half an hour, but was very active and constantly pushed the game forward. From an offensive point of view everything looks pretty good for Bastia.
Defensively they were also solid, but the problem is keeper Leca got a red card and will miss this round.
The value is on Bastia, but they have the poorest Ligue1 record in away games (no victory so far) and also Reims is one of the luckiest sides in the tournament. If keeper Placide will perform like in previous rounds, it will be impossible for Bastia to find the net.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Reims: Agassa, Placide – El Kaoutari, M.Fofana, Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, H.Traoré, Turan – Charbonnier, Devaux, Fortes, Ndom, Oniangué, Diego – L.Bangoura, Bifouma, De Préville
Bastia: Hansen, Vincensini – Palmieri, Marange, Peybernes, Modesto, Cioni – L.Coulibaly, Ab.Keita, Mostefa, Cahuzac, S.Fofana, Danic, Ngando – Kamano, S.Diallo, Brandao, F.Ayité