Reims started in force last round away at Lens but finished on their knees (lost 4-2). It was the first time this season Reims used 2 strikers. Until now they mostly relied on midfielders both for creating chances and also converting them.
Although they lost (mostly because of a red card), the new system seems to be working as Reims were more dangerous and added more pressure. Coach Vasseur should continue with the same system, especially with central midfielder Oniangue out suspended.
If upfront things look better for Reims, at the back there is absolutely no improvement. Fullbacks are more active in the creation phase and aren’t interested in stopping opponents, central midfielders are slow in movements and fail to anticipate (especially now with Oniangue out), and even experienced central defender Tacalfred makes many mistakes from wrong clearances to late tackles.
Although they won Toulouse disappointed a bit last round against Evian (finished 1-0). But the circumstances surrounding the game were a bit different as Toulouse missed a couple of important players and opponents focused mostly on defending.
Toulouse should welcome back fullbacks Akpa-Akpro and Matheus. First of all that will be a major boost for the offensive phase as building on the flanks is Toulouse’s favorite strategy.
We have a promising encounter here between Reims who will embrace an offensive game-plan desperate to get their first win of the season and Toulouse who always play open football due to their 3-5-2 system. Lots of action, many scoring opportunities and at least 3 goals. Over 2.25 at 1.90
UPDATE: New recruits Mavinga, Roberge and Ngog are in the squad for Reims. Toulouse will once again miss fullback Matheus who is not yet ready for action and also defensive midfielder Aguilar and forward Braithwaite. Same bet
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Conté, Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, Mavinga, Roberge – Albaek, Devaux, Bourillon, Fortes, Diego – Charbonnier, Courtet, De Préville, Moukandjo, Ngog
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Grigore, Yago, Ninkov, I.Sylla, Akpa Akpro, Veskovac, Moubandje – Sirieix, E.Didot, Trejo, Bodiger, Regattin, Doumbia – Pesic, Roman, Ben Yedder