Reims looked a bit shy last week away at Nantes. They were reluctant to go forward and this attitude was punished with 15 minutes to go when opponents managed to score the winner (Nantes won 1-0).
Newly arrived central midfielder Kankava started in the lineup but it looked like he couldn’t find his place on the field and was substituted after about 1 hour. He is a powerful player, active mostly in the defensive phase and once he will adapt Kankava will definitely improve the defensive strength.
Coach Guegan may need to make some changes to the attacking phase, especially the lone striker NGog wasted many chances so far this season but unfortunately for Reims there are no valuable alternatives on the bench.
Lorient were very unlucky last week when keeper Lecomte got a red card as soon as the game started. They were forced to play in 10 for 90 minutes, but even so, Lorient were very close of getting a draw against St Etienne, and only a goal scored in the final minutes made the difference (St Etienne won 1-0).
Coach Ripoll is very stubborn and continues to use Moukandjo as a forward instead a right winger. Playing on the right flank will allow Moukandjo to achieve full potential and will also transform Lorient into a fierce opponent. With Moukandjo and Guerreiro on the flanks Lorient will increase speed and their play will have a better flow. Moukandjo may be more determined in this game since he used to play for Reims.
Lorient will once again miss forward Waris due to injury. Keeper Lecomte will also sit out through suspension.
Both sides seem to have the same strategy and it’s almost impossible to foresee how this game will be played out. One thing is for sure, neither side will rush upfront and both teams will prefer to wait for that decisive mistake.
UPDATE: Reims will have to do without keeper Agassa while newly arrived midfielder Kankava was left outside the squad
REIMS: Garel, Placide – Conté, M.Fofana, Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, At.Turan, Weber – Bulot, Devaux, Mfulu, Oniangué, Peuget – Charbonnier, De Préville, Kyei, Ngog, Siebatcheu
LORIENT: Sy, Chaigneau – Gassama, Paye, Lautoa, L.Koné, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Philippoteaux, Abdullah, Mesloub, Ndong, Barthelmé, Bouanga, M.Fofana – Jeannot, Moukandjo