Few expected Reims to be so organized and defensively stable away at Bordeaux last round (finished 1-1).
Reims didn’t gave away any spaces and Bordeaux’s possession in midfield was in vain. The lack of organization and lack of concentration in the defensive phase were Reims biggest problems before last round. We can not say the issue is resolved after only one game but Reims are definitely heading in the right direction.
From an offensive point of view Reims belong somewhere in the upper half of the table with agile and skilled winger Diego and Moukandjo in the lineup.
Nantes finally got their first Ligue1 win in 2015 after defeating Guingamp 1-0 last round. They were a bit lucky to win seeing that Guingamp had a couple of important opportunities but failed to find the net.
Key central defender Djilobodji made a poor game, was often outplayed and seems to be in poor form. Defensively it’s going to get tougher for Nantes this round since defender Vizcarrondo is out suspended.
In-spite scoring Nantes once again disappointed from an attacking point of view. In 90 minutes they couldn’t find a way to get inside the penalty box and relied exclusively on long range attempts (also scored from outside the box).
Nantes have struggled hard since the season resumed and they finally managed to win a game but the performance in itself was once again poor and most likely another series of negative results will follow for Nantes.
Guests should welcome back midfielder Deaux after injury
Thanks to the defensive improvement we saw last round hosts should be safe against an uninspired opponent. Reims should be the only ones capable creating scoring opportunities and sooner or later they will find the net. Reims -0.25 at 2.16
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Reims: Placide, Agassa – Conté, Mandi, C.Glombard, Mfulu, Signorino, Weber, Tacalfred – Bourillon, Oniangué, Diego, Peuget – Charbonnier, De Préville, Fortes, Ngog, Moukandjo
Nantes: Riou, Dupé – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djilobodji, Veigneau, Djidji – Veretout, Hansen, R.Gomis, Deaux, Bessat, Bedoya – Bammou, Gakpé, Is.Bangoura, Nkoudou, Niane