Few expected Reims to be capable of a surprise last round away at Marseille (drew 2-2). Reims scored first and although they gave up possession they continued to threat on counters.
There was a visible improvement in all departments, even in the defensive phase, regardless the two conceded goals.
It’s been previously said on this site that Reims’ offensive potential is incredible with Diego and Moukandjo on the flanks. They can easily deliver long balls for tall striker Charbonnier or can get engaged in actions with fast and skilled forward De Preville.
Reims are yet to win in Ligue1 in 2015 but they have been constantly improving (also missed a couple of players due to the African Cup of Nations) and a series of positive results should follow.
Judging by the way they play there shouldn’t be any doubts that Metz will relegate at the end of the season. In defense they crack at the first sign of pressure and upfront their lethargic attempts wouldn’t create problems for women team…
It is sad to see them in this situation as at the beginning of the season Metz entered the field very determined in each game and made extraordinary efforts for 90 minutes. Now they are just waiting for the final whistle.
Guests will welcome back defender Milan after he was suspended last round but will miss defensive midfielder N’Daw (suspended).
Reims will constantly push the game forward in their search for the first Ligue1 victory this year. The way they look at the moment Metz are no match for hungry for points Reims. Reims -0.5 at 2.19
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back defenders Roberge, Fofana and Glombard but will miss winger Diego and defender Weber. Same bet
Reims: Placide, Agassa – Conté, Mandi, Mo.Fofana, Maving, Roberge, Signorino, Tacalfred – Bourillon, Devaux, Oniangué, C.Glombard – Charbonnier, De Préville, Fortes, Ngog, Moukandjo
Metz: Carrasso, Oberhauser- Bussmann, Milan, Marchal, Métanire, Palomino, Rivierez- Ikaunieks, Sassi, Lejeune, Krivets, Doukouré, Sarr, Philipps – Falcon, Nsor, Maïga