Somehow Reims managed to win last round away at Guingamp (2-1). Reims were cornered for most of the game, had only 2 attempts on target and but converted them both.
The spaces in their defense were as big as ever but opponents failed to exploit.
Reims create actions only on the flanks as central midfielders are used mostly for the defensive phase. So besides wingers there is nobody else at Reims capable of creating any danger. In fact wingers were the ones who scored both goals last round against Guingamp. If the opponents would have had a present defense Reims couldn’t have scored.
These are rough times for Reims and the 7th place in the standngs is not justified by the performance in the field. If nothing will change a negative series will follow, a series that will take Reims to where they truly belong, in the lower half of the table.
In comparison to last round Reims will welcome back striker Charbonnier who was suspended last round. But this is no great addition…
As most of you know Bordeaux’s game last round got postponed. I think it was lucky for Bordeaux because opponents Lorient were in a better form. Now Bordeaux have the chance to address their major concern, the offensive fragility. Striker Diabate is finally available after injury and according to reports from the training ground he is able to start against Reims and play for 90 minutes.
Diabate is Bordeaux’s most important player, not necessarily because he is team’s top-scorer, but because without him central midfielders advance a lot trying to compensate for the lack of offensive power, and give away many open spaces.
Bookies give us pretty balanced odds but I think Bordeaux’s have the upper hand since they are superior in all possible departments.
Bordeaux DNB for 1.95.