It’s been quite a while since Reims managed to win a game. Being in the middle of the table with 3 rounds to go motivation is running low and players’ performances are affected.
Coach Fournier keeps on changing the system from one round to another and disorientates players. From 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 and the other way around but still Reims can’t get any results.
Winger Diego returned a few weeks ago from injury but he can’t be of any use after being injured the entire season.
Last round away at Nice (lost 1-0) Reims managed to create a few chances but their attacking phase was chaotic and consisted mostly on crosses coming from the flanks.
Bad news for Reims as central defender Weber suffered an injury and will miss this game. Seeing that the other regular central defender Tacalfred is still injured the prospects aren’t that good for Reims.
Evian struggled a lot to get something against St Etienne last round but in the end the difference in value was too big (St Etienne won 2-1).
They are still 4 points above the relegation zone but the problem is that direct opponents Sochaux seem to be in good form and Evian will have to travel there for the final game of the season. Most likely by that time Evian will wish to assure another season in Ligue1.
Just like in Reims’ case most of Evian’s actions last round (weren’t that many…) started with long balls coming from the flanks.
Evian will have to do without two suspended defenders, fullback Sabaly and central defender Cambon. On the other hand they will welcome back fullback Abdallah who was suspended last round.
When it comes to determination Evian will definitely have the upper hand but when it comes to actual means of achieving their goals neither side impresses in capabilities.
UPDATE: Central defender Tacalfred is back for Reims. Evian will be without veteran midfielder Barbosa.
Reims: Agassa, Malherbe – Signorino, Conte, Tacalfred, Mandi – Devaux, Krychowiak, Oniangue, Albaek, Ca, Diego, Fortes, F.Ayité – Atar, Charbonnier, Courtet, De Préville
Evian: Hansen, Laquait – Abdallah, Mongongu, Jon.Mensah, A.Angoula, Boy – Sorlin, D.Koné, Tié Bi, Boccara, Wass, Benezet – Sougou, Bérigaud, Nsikulu, Ruben, Abarouai