Last round Bastia started the game against Reims very determined, so Reims didn’t had much choice but to accept the rythm imposed.
The defense looked hesitant at times, especially keeper Agassa whose interventions lacked confidence, just like central defender’s Tacalfred tackles.
Upfront Reims managed to create only a couple of chances, with wingers being the most active players for the offensive phase. For this game central midfielder Oniangue should return after injury and will give Reims more alternatives, as they will surely concentrate and create actions in the center as well.
Fullback Conte will also return after being suspended, but Mandi and Signorino are the undisputed regulars on the sides.
Lorient tried to make their usual game last round against PSG (lost 1-0). Alongside forward Aboubakar, wingers were once again the most lively players.
The actions on the right flank initiated by Jouffre and continued by Aboubakar disorientated PSG’s fullback Maxwell a couple of times, but still Lorient couldn’t find the net.
On the left side winger Monnet-Paquet was again very active but unfortunately received little support from forward Aliadiere who appeared to be out-of-form. Aliadiere was even substituted around minute 60 due to the poor performance.
In central midfield Coutadeur started after a long period of injury but seemed uninspired. Great timing as central midfielder Bourillon should return from injury and substitute Coutadeur, giving him more time to pick up a rythm.
Lorient should also welcome back both fullbacks, Gassama after suspension and Guerreiro after injury.
Neither side is doing that great lately. It’s true that Lorient away from home are far from impressive but that alone can’t justify the low odds for Reims. The game will be far more balanced and disputed than the odds suggest.
UPDATE: Reims’ fullback Conte received another week of suspension (no major loss). Lorient will miss central midfielder Traore.
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Weber, Signorino, Mandi, M.Fofana, Turan, Tacalfred – Krychowiak, Albaek, Devaux, Oniangue, Fortes, F.Ayité, Diego – Atar, Charbonnier, De Préville, Courtet
Lorient: Audard, Chaigneau – L.Koné, Ecuele Manga, Bourillon, Guerreiro, Baca, Gassama, Lautoa – Jouffre, Coutadeur, Abdullah, Sunu, B.Pelé, Monnet-Paquet, Doukouré – Aboubakar, Aliadière