Reims were under total domination last round away at Bordeaux, but Bordeaux could not understand Reims’ biggest weakness and failed to win the game.
At the moment both of Reims’ usual fullbacks, Mandi and Glombard, are out injured. As replacements they are using 2 shaky youngsters of 19 and 21. The left fullback Turan is a bit older and has some experience, but the right back Conte is newly promoted from the 2nd team and is very shy in interventions.
Last round Reims were very lucky as Bordeaux failed to understand that it was the flanks they needed to attack and instead concentrated their efforts in the middle mainly through midfielder Sertic.
Against Monaco it will be an entire different story as their entire tactics evolves around creating actions on the sides.
There is however some good news for Reims as coach Fournier finally realized forward Charbonnier is dragging the team back and left him on the bench. But it took him a while and as a consequence striker Courtet lost form and rhythm after being only a substitute for Charbonnier a couple of rounds.
Monaco were more offensive than usual last round as coach Ranieri preferred to leave out a defensive midfielder (Obbadi) and start with 2 strikers: Falcao and Riviere.
Even if they changed formation, the tactics remained the same. Emphasis was placed on the wings as most their actions either started or ended on the sides.
It is not known yet if Ranieri will switch back to 1 striker or will keep the current system, either way it doesn’t really matter since in both cases they will be building on the flanks.
Ocampos / Carrasco and Rodriguez will have a field day with Reims’ young fullbacks.
In the meantime Monaco’s solid defense will keep its ground against an out of form striker (Courtet).
Monaco should win this one without many problems and maybe even increase their
advantage at the top of the table. The price on Monaco -1 is at 2.38 at the moment of writing but will most probably go down once punters will realize Monaco is a great bet.