The only good news for Reims is that their opponents already booked a ticket for Champions League, and may be a bit softer in comparison to previous rounds.
But if Reims will perform like they did in the last 4 rounds, they will surely relegate. Coach Guion realized they can’t avoid relegation by using 3 defensive minded central midfielders, and switched to the usual 4-2-3-1.
Reims have no other option except winning this game, so changing back to a defensive system is out of the question.
Hosts will welcome back fullback Traore after suspension, but will miss forward De Preville and fullback Conte.
Lyon simply destroyed Monaco last round (won 6-1) and qualified directly to Champions League groups for next season. They embraced the same offensive strategy like in all games this season, and after only 10 minutes they were already 2-0 up.
Lyon can finally relax now and take the foot off the gas. It’s a rarity for Lyon to keep a clean sheet, and a relaxed Lyon will surely concede more goals than usual.
Even if coach Genesio will decide to rest some key players like Lacazette or Valbuena, there is always Cornet, Ghezzal and even Fekir (who returned recently after a long injury), waiting for the chance to be in the center of attention.
Lyon is synonym with open football, and given Reims’ need for points, a fast paced encounter is foreseen with plenty of scoring opportunities on both ends. over 3 goals at 2.10
UPDATE: Lyon welcome back midfielder Valbuena
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Fofana, Mandi, Turan, Traoré, Weber – Bangoura, Bulot, Charbonnier, Devaux, Kankava, Mfulu, Oniangue, Diego – Bifouma, Ngog, Kyei.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, J.Morel, Yanga-Mbiwa, Jallet, Umtiti, Rafael, B.Koné – Gonalons, Darder, Kemen, Ferri, Grenier, Valbuena – Ghezzal, Lacazette, Fekir, Cornet