Although once in a while Reims tried to balance the game they didn’t really stood a chance last round away at Lille (lost 3-1).
Once again the attacking department looked decent as Reims were able to create a few dangerous opportunities and even found the net. Attacking down the flanks is Reims favorite strategy as they are able to exploit at maximum the skills of wingers Diego and Moukandjo.
Sadly for Reims there is an entire different story in defense. Central midfielders never provide in-time support for a fragile defense and so Reims ended up conceding 3 goals per game in the last 3 rounds.
There is no sign of improvement, on the contrary, coach Vasseur is forcing Reims to have an offensive approach by making attacking changes in each game.
Reims will welcome back defender Conte and forward Charbonnier after suspension.
Disappointing draw for Nice last round at home against Evian (finished 2-2). With 10 minutes to go Nice were in the lead but the hesitant defense once again played tricks on them and was responsible for losing points.
Central defenders Genevois and Gomis are getting weaker as round goes by. Genevois is so slow and uninspired that even amateurs can outplay him nowadays and Gomis is always late at the ball and keeps on scoring own goals because of this.
Upfront Nice are far from convincing but at least they are efficient and manage to convert the few chances they create. 19 years old attacking midfielder Benrahma played his first game this season, had an impressive performance and even delivered an assist. But it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup this round since Nice will welcome back 4 players that were suspended last round: defenders Palun and Diawara, midfielder Eduardo and forward Plea.
A game full of defensive errors is foreseen in which attacking players should easily make the best of their skills. Over 2.25 goals at 2.02
UPDATE: The discipline commission gave gave Nice’s midfielder Eduardo another round of suspension so he will miss this game.
Reims: Placide, Agassa – Mandi, Mo.Fofana, Conté, Weber, Tacalfred – Oniangué, Bourillon, Devaux, Diego, Peuget, Charbonnier – De Préville, Fortes, Kyei, Ngog, Moukandjo
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – Palun, G. Puel, Gomis, Genevois, Bodmer, Amavi – Vercauteren, Eysseric, Hult, Mendy, Albert – Benrahma, Bauthéac, Bosetti, Maupay, Plea.