Reims started 2016 with a humiliating defeat in the Cup away at 3rd division side Chambly (lost 4-1). Besides central midfielder Oniangue, Reims used the best team possible but were still outplayed and suffered a shock defeat.
At the end of 2015 it seemed that Reims bounced back after a series of negative results, but they once again lost form after the winter break.
Reims started this season in an excellent manner, but pretty soon faded, and when captain Mandi suffered an injury Reims were simply unrecognizable. They could never recover properly even after Mandi returned from injury.
Reims is one of the slowest sides in Ligue1 and their actions are always predictable and defenders have problems in keeping up with opponents.
Toulouse destroyed 4th division side Entente in the Cup (won 5-0). All offensive players managed to score and this performance should boost their confidence ahead of the first Ligue1 game of 2016.
Toulouse were in great form just before the winter break and were getting good results after convincing performances. Most probably they will continue in the same manner this year, especially after the clear win in the Cup game.
Midfielders Akpa-Akpro and Machach play a major role in Toulouse’s strategy as they often advance and create superiority, either in the center or on the wings. Reims’ fullbacks never really impressed when it came to defending the flanks and they will surely have huge headaches this round.
Reims ended 2015 with the wrong foot and started 2016 in the same way. The price on Toulouse is definitely too high, especially considering they are in good confidence and have enough resources to corner Reims. Toulouse DNB at 2.08
UPDATE: Reims will miss fullback Conte and forward Bulot. Toulouse will have to do without defender Kana – Biyik
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Moh.Fofana, Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, H.Traoré, Turan, Weber – Devaux, Fortes, Kankava, Oniangué, Peuget, Diego – De Préville, Ngog, Siebatcheu
Toulouse: Goicoechea, Lafont – Diop, Matheus, Somalia, Spajic, Yago, Tisserand – Akpa-Akpro, Blin, Bodiger, Regattin, Sirieix, Trejo, Machach – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic