Reims changed the defense a bit in the midweek Cup game away at Rennes (ended up losing the qualification at penalties)
Reims changed the keeper, a fullback and a central defender. So far in 2015 Reims have been conceding goals from all possible positions and have one of the leakiest defense in the tournament. Defenders seem careless, they don’t pay enough attention and set pieces are an absolute nightmare as the marking skills are at minimum levels.
It was a nice surprise to see them conceding only once in the Cup game, considering the shuffled defense. But most likely things will go back to normal this round as regulars will take their place in the lineup.
Reims are still without a couple of players, fullback Mandi, wingers Fortes and Moukandjo, midfielder Oniangue (all at African Cup of Nations) and winger Diego (injured). It is hard especially without wingers Diego and Moukanbdjo who are very important for the offensive phase, but Reims still have resources upfront and manage to create problems for opponents.
Lens haven’t scored for two rounds but the ease with which they managed to approach opponents’ penalty box is really impressive. The only problem is when trying to apply the finishing touch as they always seem in a bit of a rush.
They are very courageous and the attacking play has a good flow. Furthermore the offensive potential should increase as forward Touzghar will return after injury.
In defense however things are at the opposite end. Defenders are slow, they fail to anticipate and rush into dangerous interventions (gave away 3 penalties in the last 3 games).
Both sides are eager to get back to winning days and with both clubs having fragile defenses there should be plenty of scoring opportunities. Over 2.25 goals at 2.00
UPDATE: Reims will miss defender Roberge through injury. Lens will again miss defenders Baal and Landre but welcome back midfielder Le Moigne.
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Mfulu, Mavinga, Signorino, Weber, Tacalfred, Moh.Fofana, Conte – Bourillon, Zambo, Devaux, C.Glombard, Peuget – Charbonnier, Courtet, De Préville, Ngog
Lens: Belon, Ru.Riou – Ab.Ba, Boulenger, Cavaré, Fradj, Gbamin, Kantari, Lecoeuche – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, Le Moigne, Nomenjanahary, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Guillaume, Madiani, Seck