In-spite the close score and the evenly split possession Reims were in difficulty for most of the game last round away at Touloue (lost 1-0).
4 rounds have passed since the season resumed but Reims are yet to win their first Ligue1 game in 2015.
The overall strength was severely diminished with their most in-form offensive players, wingers Diego and Moukandjo, out because of injury and the African Cup of Nations.
Now both of them are once again available but that can only fix Reims’ attacking problems and won’t strengthen the soft defense. Reims shamefully sit 2nd from the bottom when it comes to goals conceded and judging by their recent performances things won’t improve too soon…
Lorient were surprisingly good last round against Montpellier when they dominated and managed to impose the rythm (finished 0-0).
Advancing down the flanks seems to be Lorient’s specialty. If in the first part of the season only the left flank with winger Guerreiro created problems for opponents, now the left side with Autret is highly active as well.
They were very determined last week but unfortunately it seems this combative attitude exists only in home game. So far in 2015 Lorient looked really soft away from home and even lost in-front of a 3rd division side (Avranches won 1-0 in the Cup).
Lorient should welcome back midfielder Abdullah from injury.
This is one of the most unpredictable games of the round with Reims in poor form and having a leaky defense and guests powerless away from home.
UPDATE: Reims will strengthen a bit since they will welcome back midfielder Oniangue, fullback Mandi, winger Diego and forward Charbonnier. Still no bet
Reims: Placide, Agassa – Conte, Mandi, Mavinga, Roberge, Signorino, Weber, Tacalfred – Bourillon, Devaux, Diego, Oniangué – Charbonnier, De Préville, Ngog, Fortes, Moukandjo
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Pedrinho, Gassama, Lautoa, L.Koné, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Lavigne, Philippoteaux, Ndong, Mesloub, Abdullah, Barthelmé – Jeannot, Bruno, S.Diallo