Reims controlled most of the game last week away at Bastia and in the end they fully deserved to take all points (won 2-1).
Defenders once again were hesitant and often the only way to stop opponents was by fouling them, so it poured with yellow cards for Reims’ defenders (3 of them got booked).
Forward Charbonnier started only on the bench this time and even if scoring opportunities weren’t abundant Reims seemed more confident and stopped losing balls somewhere around opponents’ penalty box (like it used to happen with Charbonnier in the lineup).
To sum it up, it’s the same old story with Reims, they are scoring goals but are also conceding, and the only way to get positive results is to outscore the opponent.
Only because of an early red card Lyon failed to take all points last week against St Etienne. They played in numerical inferiority for more than an hour but still managed to push the game forward and cornered a reputed opponent several times (finished 2-2).
Attacking players once again proved they are in excellent condition after forward Fekir delivered 2 assists and young N’Jie scored. Although Lacazette hasn’t scored he was omnipresent and was involved in most of Lyon’s actions.
Lyon’s offensive power is simply extraordinary and against an opponents like Reims they should be able to find the net a couple of times with ease.
For Reims it doesn’t matter whom they are up against as they always adopt the same strategy and have an offensive approach. This should be an exciting encounter with plenty of scoring opportunities. Over 2.5 goals at 1.91
UPDATE: Reims will miss central defender Weber.
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Conté, M.Fofana, Mandi, Roberge, Tacalfred – Albaek, Devaux, Fortes, Mfulu, Oniangué, Peuget, Diego – Charbonnier, De Préville, Ngog, Moukandjo
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – M.Dabo, Bedimo, Umtiti, Jallet, B.Koné – Gonalons, Tolisso, G.Fofana, Ferri, Malbranque, Grenier – Cornet, M.Yattara, Fekir, Njie, Lacazette